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==Description==
 
==Description==
  
The [[Cover Art Archive|cover art]] type of an image indicates what part(s) of the release it includes.
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The [[Cover Art Archive|cover art]] type of an image indicates what part(s) of the release it includes. In most cases cover art belongs to one type, but it can also belong to multiple types (e.g. 'back' and 'spine' in the case of the back image of a CD that also has the sides/spine of the CD package).
  
===front===
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==List of possible types==
  
The front of the packaging of an audio recording (or in the case of a
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===Front===
digital release the image associated with it in a digital media
 
store).
 
(link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Album_cover ?)
 
  
===back===
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The [[wikipedia:Album_cover|album cover]], this is the front of the packaging of an audio recording (or in the case of a digital release the image associated with it in a digital media store). The front of a CD release is often the front part of the booklet.
  
The back of the package of an audio recording, this will often contain
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===Back===
the track listing, barcode and copyright information.
 
  
===booklet===
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The back of the package of an audio recording, this will often contain the track listing, barcode and copyright information. The back image is usually not the same as the back of the booklet.
  
A small book or group of pages inserted into the compact disc or DVD
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Example of a back image from a CD (with spine, see below):
jewel case or the equivalent packaging for vinyl records and
 
cassettes.  Digital releases sometimes include a booklet in a digital
 
file (usually PDF).  Booklets often contains liner notes, song lyrics and/or
 
photographs of the artist or band.
 
  
(link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liner_notes ?)
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[[File:BackSpine_thumb500.jpg]]
  
===sleeve===
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Example of the back of the booklet (on the left):
  
The sleeve is the outer covering of a vinyl recording or compact disc,
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[[File:mbid-648a46fc-a946-4b2a-bb57-820c73f1a548-17933235749_thumb500.jpg]]
it is the paper covering closest in contact to the surface of the
 
disc.
 
  
===medium===
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===Booklet===
  
The medium contains the audio recording, for a compact disc release it
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A small book or group of pages inserted into the compact disc or DVD jewel case or the equivalent packaging for vinyl records and cassettes.  Digital releases sometimes include a booklet in a digital file (usually PDF).  Booklets often contain [[wikipedia:Liner_notes|liner notes]], song lyrics and/or photographs of the artist or band.
is the compact disc itself, similarly for a vinyl release it is the
 
vinyl disc itself, etc..
 
  
===obi===
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===Medium===
  
An obi is a strip of paper around the spine (or occasionally one of
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The medium contains the audio recording. For a compact disc release it is the compact disc itself, for a vinyl release it is the vinyl disc itself, etc.
the other edges of the packaging).
 
  
===spine===
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===Tray===
  
A spine is the edge of the package of an audio recording, it is often
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The image behind or on the tray containing the medium. For jewel cases, this is usually printed on the other side of the piece of paper with the back (and spine) image.
the only part visible when recordings are stacked or stored in a
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An example tray image:
shelf.  For compact discs the spine is usually part of the back cover
 
scan, and should not be uploaded separately.
 
  
===inner===
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[[File:mbid-d3a49e0d-e515-43ef-9150-ee9f90338cdb-21198144194_thumb500.jpg]]
  
Use "inner" for the insides of a release if the packaging folds open (e.g. Digipak or some Double LP releases).  Some compact disc releases use a transparent disc tray, use the "inner" type for scans of the image behind the tray.
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===Obi===
  
===track===
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An [[Obi_Strip|obi]] is a strip of paper around the spine (or occasionally one of the other edges of the packaging).
  
Digital releases sometimes have cover art associated with each
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===Spine===
individual track of a release (typically embedded in the .mp3 files),
 
use this type for images associated with individual tracks.
 
  
===packaging===
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A spine is the edge of the package of an audio recording, it is often the only part visible when recordings are stacked or stored in a shelf.  For compact discs the spine is usually part of the back cover scan, and should not be uploaded separately (see the Back section for an example of Back+Spine).
  
Use "packaging" for pictures of an entire box set, usually these pictures include the outer packaging and the jewel boxes or other contents of the box.  For example: http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2943543
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===Track===
  
===other===
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Digital releases sometimes have cover art associated with each individual track of a release (typically embedded in the .mp3 files), use this type for images associated with individual tracks.
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===Liner===
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A liner is a protective sleeve surrounding a medium (usually a vinyl record, but sometimes a CD), often printed with notes or images.
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===Sticker===
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A sticker is an adhesive piece of paper, that is attached to the plastic film or enclosed inside the packaging.
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===Poster===
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A poster included with a release. May be the same size as the packaging or larger (in this case it would fold out). Such posters are often printed on the back of a fold-out booklet but are sometimes bundled separately.
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===Watermark===
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A watermark is a piece of text or an image which is not part of the cover art but is added by the person who scanned the cover art. Images without any watermarks are preferred where possible - this type is useful in cases where either the only available image is watermarked, or where a better quality watermarked image is uploaded alongside a poorer quality non-watermarked image.
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===Raw/Unedited===
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Select this type when uploading images that are usable for reference, but need more work to be usable for tagging (for example, uncropped scans like the one below).
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[[File:mbid-3985fe21-521b-4a63-98a6-fbf2840a03d9-19915097467_thumb500.jpg]]
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===Other===
  
 
Anything which doesn't fit in the types defined above.
 
Anything which doesn't fit in the types defined above.
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Latest revision as of 20:19, 16 April 2020

Description

The cover art type of an image indicates what part(s) of the release it includes. In most cases cover art belongs to one type, but it can also belong to multiple types (e.g. 'back' and 'spine' in the case of the back image of a CD that also has the sides/spine of the CD package).

List of possible types

Front

The album cover, this is the front of the packaging of an audio recording (or in the case of a digital release the image associated with it in a digital media store). The front of a CD release is often the front part of the booklet.

Back

The back of the package of an audio recording, this will often contain the track listing, barcode and copyright information. The back image is usually not the same as the back of the booklet.

Example of a back image from a CD (with spine, see below):

BackSpine thumb500.jpg

Example of the back of the booklet (on the left):

mbid-648a46fc-a946-4b2a-bb57-820c73f1a548-17933235749 thumb500.jpg

Booklet

A small book or group of pages inserted into the compact disc or DVD jewel case or the equivalent packaging for vinyl records and cassettes. Digital releases sometimes include a booklet in a digital file (usually PDF). Booklets often contain liner notes, song lyrics and/or photographs of the artist or band.

Medium

The medium contains the audio recording. For a compact disc release it is the compact disc itself, for a vinyl release it is the vinyl disc itself, etc.

Tray

The image behind or on the tray containing the medium. For jewel cases, this is usually printed on the other side of the piece of paper with the back (and spine) image. An example tray image:

mbid-d3a49e0d-e515-43ef-9150-ee9f90338cdb-21198144194 thumb500.jpg

Obi

An obi is a strip of paper around the spine (or occasionally one of the other edges of the packaging).

Spine

A spine is the edge of the package of an audio recording, it is often the only part visible when recordings are stacked or stored in a shelf. For compact discs the spine is usually part of the back cover scan, and should not be uploaded separately (see the Back section for an example of Back+Spine).

Track

Digital releases sometimes have cover art associated with each individual track of a release (typically embedded in the .mp3 files), use this type for images associated with individual tracks.

Liner

A liner is a protective sleeve surrounding a medium (usually a vinyl record, but sometimes a CD), often printed with notes or images.

Sticker

A sticker is an adhesive piece of paper, that is attached to the plastic film or enclosed inside the packaging.

Poster

A poster included with a release. May be the same size as the packaging or larger (in this case it would fold out). Such posters are often printed on the back of a fold-out booklet but are sometimes bundled separately.

Watermark

A watermark is a piece of text or an image which is not part of the cover art but is added by the person who scanned the cover art. Images without any watermarks are preferred where possible - this type is useful in cases where either the only available image is watermarked, or where a better quality watermarked image is uploaded alongside a poorer quality non-watermarked image.

Raw/Unedited

Select this type when uploading images that are usable for reference, but need more work to be usable for tagging (for example, uncropped scans like the one below).

mbid-3985fe21-521b-4a63-98a6-fbf2840a03d9-19915097467 thumb500.jpg

Other

Anything which doesn't fit in the types defined above.