How to Add Cover Art

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Through the Cover Art Archive

Adding cover art is usually done through the Cover Art Archive.

  • For that, go to the page of the release you want to add art to, and click the "Cover Art" tab.
Note Note: Always make sure you're uploading art to the right release (i.e. barcode -if any- fits, format fits, etc.) and try to avoid watermarked images! If your image is watermarked, make sure to choose the "Watermark" type.
  • Press the "Add Cover Art" button and you'll be taken to a form:

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  • Press "Select images..." and select the files you want to upload. Alternatively you can drag the files into the "or drop files here" field.
Note Note: The allowed file formats are: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, htm, html, jpe, jfif and pdf.
Note Note: There's no size limit, although more than 15 MB might be somewhat overkill. Both original images (for example, the ones included with a digital download) and scans are allowed; if you're planning to scan your releases, we recommend doing it at 300dpi.
  • Then select the type or types that apply to the image: see our list of types. You can select more than one type for example if an image includes the back of a CD with its spines.
  • There is also a field for adding a short comment if you want to specify something about the image (like "misprinted first pressing").
  • You can also indicate the position the image should be stored and shown in, for example to keep a booklet in order (when adding the first image to a release, you can obviously ignore this). Just move the image to the desired position with the arrows:

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Note Note: The image with type front which is closest to the first position will be used as the release front cover (and displayed in the sidebar). The image with the type back which is closest to the first position will be used as the release back cover when fetching art, and in the future might be also available from the sidebar in some way.

Reordering Cover Art

  • To reorder cover art from the Cover Art Archive, just press the "Reorder Cover Art" button in the Cover Art tab.

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  • In the reorder menu, just use the arrows until you get the order you want, enter an edit note and submit your edit.

Through other means

If for some reason you can't add the image to the Cover Art Archive, you can create a relationship between a release and Amazon, using the "has Amazon ASIN" relationship.

To create a new Amazon ASIN link, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the release you'd like to add cover art to.
  2. Click the "Edit" tab
  3. Scroll down to "External Links" and enter in the URL ("Amazon ASIN" should be selected automatically)

In most cases when entering the URL it is important to paste it, not type it, or the server may not be able to parse it properly.

The URL will be parsed by the server and modified upon pasting, make sure it is in the following form:

http://www.amazon.tld/gp/product/ASIN.
Where tld is the country code and ASIN is the 10 character ASIN code.

Do not link to a cover art image directly, the URL should always be in the above form. Normally you don't need to remove any additional information in the URL. Just go to the related Amazon product site and copy and paste the URL as is.

Things to remember:

  • Use the right regional Amazon! Don't link to amazon.de if the release is British, instead link to amazon.co.uk
  • Be careful to add the right ASIN to the right release version. You should not link a CD release to a vinyl or MP3 page! You should also make sure the Amazon page is for the right barcode; you can use Nikki's nice ASIN to barcode converter for it.

For more information see the Amazon relationship type page.

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