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Your album artwork problems fixed!

Your album artwork problems fixed!

Have your album artwork problems fixed, for perfect print results!

Picture the scene: The ink is dry on the lucrative contract you signed with Priapic Porcupine Records in Kuala Lumpur, and you’ve supplied them with the masters for your debut album. Your mate who dropped out of art school to forge a career selling photocopiers created some groovy album artwork for your record and CD, and laid it out as well as he could in a trial version of Photoshop®, hoping he’d got the technical side of things right.

But a week later, the record company mogul emails you to say there are problems with the artwork 😬. It’s missing bleed, it’s in the wrong colour mode, it’s using colours that are out of gamut, is oversaturated and the label’s blurb is in tiny, rasterised text. She also sends you a preview PDF that the print section at the pressing plant sent. Your rich, luxurious, vibrant midnight blue has come out looking as dull as some particularly dull ditchwater on a dull December day 😳. WTF?! 🤬

So you text your mate the photocopier salesman, to see what he suggests. But he’s criss-crossing the country at the moment, hopping between clients, hoping to clinch that elusive big photocopier sale.

Fed up of album artwork printing problems?

This is where you need an artworker with many years’ experience creating (and fixing!) album artwork for records and CDs, whose computers have dispatched artwork for hundreds of records and CDs to manufacturers across Europe and North America. Either to fix the kind the problems outlined above, or even better, to give your artwork the once-over before you submit it, to ensure that these, or similar, problems don’t occur in the first place.

Your benefits from my album artwork problem fixing service

  • Your album artwork files are no longer returned by the printer accompanied by cryptic messages 🤔
  • You save time, meaning you can concentrate on your music or promotion
  • The peace of mind of knowing that an expert 🤓 is poring over your precious album artwork files and tweaking pixels, ensuring you don’t get any nasty surprises 😳 when your record or CD 💿 artwork rolls off the presses

Who is this Paul Jackson? At a glance

  • Experienced album artwork designer • artworker • layout artist • typesetter • general print file troubleshooter
  • Music packaging specialist
  • Creative ability
  • Technical skills
  • Incredible eye for detail, like a particularly anally retentive hawk
  • Thorough
  • Reliable

See my about me page for more information.

How can I help fix album artwork problems for your record or CD? And what other related services do I offer?

  • Fix album artwork problems that the pressing plant has flagged up before they can print your album artwork files: bleed/safe zone problems, colour mode/colour gamut/oversaturation problems, problems with text in raster images and all the other problems that crop up, and which I see again and again!
  • Inspect and tidy/up correct your album artwork files before you send them to print, providing you with the peace of mind that everything will go smoothly, and that there’ll be no nasty surprises when you receive the records or CDs
  • Work with you on a layout on the basis of your existing album cover design/your album cover ideas/any other ideas you may have
  • Design something lovely for you 💶 💶 💶. The nuclear option 💣, as nobody in the music industry has any money to pay for this sort of thing any more. At least, not in the parts of the music industry I work in!

Records

  • 12″, 10″, 7″ and special sizes
  • Black vinyl, coloured vinyl, picture discs, shaped picture discs, etched discs
  • Standard sleeves, gatefold sleeves, disco bags, box sets and other special packaging

CDs

  • 5″ (12cm) or 3″ 😍 (8cm)
  • Jewel cases, slimline jewel cases (CD singles), Digipak® (all panel and fold variants), digisleeve/digiwallet, CD-sized ‘gatefold sleeves’, slipcases, card wallets, box sets and other special packaging

Cassettes 🙄

  • Cassette labels
  • J-cards, slipcases etc

Records and CDs I have worked on

Between 1997 and 2019, I worked on the following number of vinyl records and CDs:

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Vinyl
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CDs

(This spans complete graphic design, help with layout, repurposing, such as for reissues, or simply ensuring that artwork designed by the band will print properly!)

Releases I have worked on over the years have appeared on labels including:

  • 303 Alliance GB
  • Big Cat GB
  • Bluurg GB
  • Cold Spring GB
  • Coptic Cat GB/CA
  • Crass/The Crassical Collection GB
  • Cynfeirdd FR
  • Dark Vinyl DE
  • Dirter Promotions GB
  • Domino Recordings US
  • Durtro GB
  • Empire US
  • Exitstencilisms GB
  • ICR GB
  • Ipecac US
  • Jnana Records CA
  • Louder Than War GB
  • Neurot US
  • Outer Himalayan GB
  • Quarantine GB
  • Sanctuary Records Group GB
  • Southern GB
  • Strange Fortune US
  • Tresor DE
  • Trisol Music Group DE
  • Tursa GB
  • United Dairies IE
  • Upset The Rhythm GB
  • Very Friendly GB
  • World Serpent Distribution GB
  • Wrong CA

…and many more!

Releases I have worked on over the years have appeared on labels including:

  • 303 Alliance GB
  • Big Cat GB
  • Bluurg GB
  • Cold Spring GB
  • Coptic Cat GB/CA
  • Crass/The Crassical Collection GB
  • Cynfeirdd FR
  • Dark Vinyl DE
  • Dirter Promotions GB
  • Domino Recordings US
  • Durtro GB
  • Empire US
  • Exitstencilisms GB
  • ICR GB
  • Ipecac US
  • Jnana Records CA
  • Louder Than War GB
  • Neurot US
  • Outer Himalayan GB
  • Quarantine GB
  • Sanctuary Records Group GB
  • Southern GB
  • Strange Fortune US
  • Tresor DE
  • Trisol Music Group DE
  • Tursa GB
  • United Dairies IE
  • Upset The Rhythm GB
  • Very Friendly GB
  • World Serpent Distribution GB
  • Wrong CA

…and many more!

Graphics services I offer for the music industry

  • Graphic design for your vinyl records and CDs: More information
  • Layout for your vinyl records and CDs: More information
  • Reissues (vinyl to CD, CD to vinyl or new editions of existing CDs or vinyl – ideal for labels): More information
  • Typesetting for your vinyl records and CDs: More information
  • Album artwork finishing and fixing – ideal for bands, musicians and small labels who are taking care of their own design and layout, but need an expert helping hand: More information

Work with me

Interested in engaging me to help you with your album artwork issues, problems and conundrums? Please get in touch.

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