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General Cover Creator Help
Cover Creator for CDs
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General Cover Creator Help

What is Cover Creator?

Cover Creator is an interactive online tool that allows you to quickly and easily create a professional looking artwork for your CD. Choose one of our template designs as a starting point, customize it by adding a cover image and details, and in a few short minutes your artwork will be ready to submit.

How to use Cover Creator

  1. To use Cover Creator, select to Build Your Cover Online in the title setup workflow and click Launch Cover Creator.
  2. Select the template you wish to use as a starting point and click OK.
  3. The left hand navigation bar will guide you through the list of tasks for customizing your artwork. Select the task bar you wish to edit, and follow the instructions to complete the task. Click Apply to see the changes to your artwork and stay on the current task, or Next to apply your changes and then move on to the next step.
  4. Some tasks, such as the subtitle, are optional. If you do not want to include optional tasks in your artwork, simply open the task, uncheck the Visible box and click Next.
  5. Once you've completed all tasks, click Submit Artwork to save your work.
  6. To edit your artwork at a later date, return to title setup for your project and click the Edit link.

Task Icons

The following icons will help guide you through Cover Creator.

Icon Description
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Cover Creator for CDs

CD Project Icons

There are five artwork components for CDs:

Icon Description
Cover Booklet Outside 

Booklet Outside - A single piece of artwork, folded in half to create the front and back covers of the CD booklet. The booklet is inserted in the front cover of the jewel case, so the front cover of your booklet is also the front cover of your CD, and the back cover of your booklet is the left-inside artwork viewable when you open the CD case.

Cover Booklet Inside 

Booklet Inside - A single piece of artwork, folded in half to create the two inner pages of the CD booklet. The inside cover booklet pages are what the customer will see when they take the booklet out of the CD case and open it.

Tray Card Front

Tray Card Inside - The right-side artwork in an open jewel case, which will be partly covered when a disc is in the case, but visible when the disc is removed.

Tray Card Back

Tray Card Outside - A single piece of artwork, which creates the back cover artwork on the CD jewel case, plus the two case spines. This is traditionally were artists put their track listings and include basic title information on the edges/spine.

Disc Face

Disc Face - The artwork printed directly on the CD.

CD Tasks

Here are descriptions of the key CD tasks to help get you started. Keep in mind that not all tasks are included with every CD template.


A theme consists of a set of fonts and optional images to be used with your artwork.

Background Image

You have three options for your CD's artwork and disc face images: use the default template image from your chosen theme, upload your own image, or choose an image from our Image Gallery.


Cover Creator automatically populates the title you provided when you set up your project. If you change the title name on your artwork, you may need to contact support to have it changed in your account.

Track List

Most templates have an option to include a track list on your CD booklet outside and tray card outside. The track list can be formatted using one of four styles. If you do not want to include a track list, uncheck the Visible box. If you do include a track list, be sure to update your tracks' time-lengths from "0:00" to the appropriate lengths to ensure your files pass the review process.

Cover Creator Image Gallery

What is the Cover Creator Image Gallery?

The Image Gallery is a collection of photos available for use with Cover Creator. Use the photos from the Image Gallery at no charge with your Cover Creator artwork on products published with CreateSpace.

Not all images in the gallery are the appropriate size for every design. We'll only offer you images that are the right dimension for the design and trim size you have selected.

How to use the Image Gallery

  1. From Cover Creator, open an image task such as front cover image.
  2. Click Use one of our images to open the Image Gallery.
  3. Browse the gallery by clicking through the image categories, or look for something more specific by using the search box.
  4. After finding an image for your artwork, click Use this image to populate it to your artwork.

Need Additional Help?

Visit our Community to read tips from other authors about using Cover Creator. You can also visit our Help Pages to search for specific solutions to your questions.