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Album and CD layout by Paul Jackson

Album and CD layout by Paul Jackson

Your album and CD packaging layout by an experienced music industry designer/artworker

Perhaps you, someone in your band, or a talented friend or partner has drawn, painted or photographed something you’d like to use as the cover of your record or CD? Maybe you even also have an idea of how you’d like album and CD layout to look? But perhaps you don’t have InDesign®, Photoshop® or Illustrator®, or maybe you have one/all of them, but don’t yet have the necessary skills or the time and inclination to learn?

I can help you with your album packaging layout, contributing as much or as little as necessary, depending on what you have in mind and the level of your own skills. Whether you only have a photo, painting or drawing for the cover and are looking for someone to take care of the rest of the album design and layout, or have sorted out most of the layout yourself but just need help with typesetting in InDesign® or some other aspect – I can realise your objectives.

Over the course of 15 years or so, I worked on this basis with (extremely prolific!) cult underground figures Current 93 and Nurse With Wound (“Who?” 🤔😀), helping them realise their artistic visions and translating them across their many record and CD packaging layouts. I still occasionally undertake this type of work for others on an ad hoc basis.

Perfect printing results!

And of course, also included are things such as ensuring your album layout files have the correct bleeds/safe zones and that the correct colour modes/gamut and saturation are observed, meaning your files are ready for perfect printing!

If you’ve already finished your album packaging layout yourself, but aren’t confident you’ve set up and prepared everything so it will print reliably, I can also give your packaging layout files the once-over and make any necessary adjustments. This could be a massive help for you if your layout files have already been rejected by the printer/manufacturing broker, due to the sort of technical problems outlined above.

See my about me page for more information.

How I can help you with your album packaging layout:

  • Full album packaging layout (vinyl/CD) on the basis of your chosen cover image
  • Completion/tidying up of your own rough layouts
  • Typesetting for your existing album layouts – great for special editions and reissues, or if you just have lots of lyrics
  • Optional extra: proofreading/editing of your text (British English only)
  • Help with any particular elements you don’t feel confident or capable enough to tackle yourself

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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