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    Suppose I draw/paint something and I would like to use it as a cover for a record or cd. Does something special need to be done to my original in order to send it to the company that will be pressing the record? Do I simply scan it on a typical printer/scanner? What if it is a large painting?

    Sorry, I am not a designer. I am, however, a singer/songwriter that is trying to design my own album art. So excuse me if I'm asking a silly question.

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    The first step would be to either scan it or, if it's too large to scan, have a high-resolution digital photo taken of it. You probably shouldn't use a typical business-quality scanner. A higher-quality flatbed scanner will provide more accurate color. Shooting the photo is more difficult and might require a professional studio photographer since it requires just the right lighting and high-quality cameras/lenses.

    After that a graphic designer is needed to clean up the image in Photoshop, design the cover, move the image into InDesign or Illustrator to add the other graphic elements and typography.

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    • #3
      Hi tru and welcome to GDF.

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      • #4
        Have you established who is printing your album cover? Many printing companies have in-house designers who can scan your artwork and add copy to it and anything else you might need such as barcodes, copyright notice etc. They will then apply it to their template.
        It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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        • #5
          I have always found that whether I scan artwork (especially painted) whether by desktop scanner or taking it to a print-type place and having them do it, it always needs some tweaking to bring it back to the way I intended it. Usually increasing the saturation and playing with the RGB levels is par for the course, messing with the curves sometimes, depending.
          People will believe anything, which means I will believe anythingI want to start believing in things that have shapeliness and harmony.
          -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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          • PanToshi
            PanToshi commented
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            Nice to see you Nobert!

          • Nobert
            Nobert commented
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            Thanks, Pan. Truth is, I haven't looked in here for some while. I pretty much abandoned any ambitions I had in the design field, but I'm still interested in a casual way, so maybe I'll pop in once in a while.

          • PanToshi
            PanToshi commented
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            We'd love that! Stop by once in a while, grab a pop from the fridge and chill! Gotta say, your witty repartee has been missed.

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