This is the Size Your Digital Album Cover Should Be

Digital album cover size guide cover image

Over the years, album cover art has become a thing that’s almost synonymous with an artist’s music. From cassette tapes to CDs and digital streaming services today, album cover art plays a significant role in the overall representation of an artist. Cases in example? The naked baby on Nirvana’s album cover art for “Nevermind” (1991) and the Beatles themselves crossing the street on their album cover art for “Abbey Road” (1969).

With quality album cover art pretty much becoming an industry standard, many musicians outsource their album cover design to professional developers. However, not everyone can afford this so we’re here to help you get started on creating your own album art!

What size should my digital album art be?

Indeed, there are many digital streaming services(e.g. Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Beatport) and global music distributors (e.g. CD Baby, TuneCore, DistroKid, iMusician). Whichever you choose to start with, your digital album art has to match the standards in terms of shape, pixels/dimensions and what you can display on it.

While each streaming service/distributor may have their own specific guidelines and requirements, we found some general rules for you to follow so that you can get your album art approved on your first try!

Shape and Pixels/Dimensions

Shape: A perfect square with a 1:1 ratio

Pixels/dimensions: at least 1600 x 1600 pixels, up to 3000 x 3000 pixels.

  • Some streaming platforms, e.g. Amuse, lets you take it up to 6000 x 6000 pixels


The higher the resolution, the better the quality! Your digital album cover should be at least 72 dpi, though the recommended resolution is 300 dpi.

Ensure that your images and text are of high quality. Some of the most common issues to avoid are pixelation, blur, misalignment and other quality issues.

Format and color mode

Your album art should be in a JPG or PNG file format. Use RGB color mode, rather than CMYK as the colors in this mode may not show up as properly on a screen.

Photo by Tranmautritam from Pexels

Should I include text on my cover art?

The best answer we found is: it’s up to you! Having text on your album cover is optional as cover art with just an image is acceptable. The artist name and release information is usually displayed next to the cover art in music platforms.

If you want to include text, here are some guidelines on text in digital album art:

  • Only include the name of the artist and the song/album title that matches the release information you provide to the streaming service/distributor
  • Don’t add any contact information on it. This means no email addresses, phone numbers, social media handles or URLs.
  • Don’t include any logos, symbols or references to any social media platform, website, brand/company, record label, etc.
  • Make sure to not add any text to pricing, exclusivity or warnings, e.g. words like “limited edition”, “new release”, “exclusive”, “available for $XX”, “low price”, “for promo use”, dates, time frames, “explicit content”
  • No references to the format of your album, e.g. Digital Exclusive, CD or DVD
  • Ensure that no pornographic, copyrighted or inappropriate images are used

3 digital album art templates for your next album cover

Now that you know the basic guidelines of digital album art, let’s get started on designing yours! Here are three digital album cover templates you can start editing straightaway in our drag-and-drop editor.

Abstract Digital Album Cover Template

Edit this cover here

Simple Color Graphic Album Cover Template

Edit this album cover template here

Minimal Album Cover Template

Edit this digital album cover here

If you need inspiration for your digital album cover, do check out the 30 best album covers and our digital album cover template collection. Happy creating!

Send this post to your friend via:

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Related posts

  • The 3 Most Profitable Print-on-Demand Products

    Print-on-demand (POD), is “a popular order fulfillment method where the design is printed on merchandise once an order has been made”. This business model has certainly gained popularity in recent years – even in pandemic times. Case in point? The POD industry grew “12% over the last 4 years”. Why is POD so popular? POD […]

    Read more…
  • 11 Most Important Social Media Updates of October 2021

    Social media is ever-evolving and new updates emerge like mushrooms after rain. Keeping an eye on new features and making the most of them before everyone else does can give you an advantage as a marketer.  Here are 10 of the most important social media updates for small business owners including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, […]

    Read more…
  • 30 Instagram Post Ideas That You Can Use Right Now (With Templates)

    Instagram algorithms suggest you should post 3-7x a week. That’s an immense amount of content to have to come up with! If you’re looking for some ideas or just a change from your regular feed, here are 30 Instagram post ideas for everything from quotes to engaging games. All post ideas are complimented with fully […]

    Read more…

Sign up today

Join 102783 customers already using Mediamodifier daily to craft visually rich mockups

Immediate access. No credit card required.