When you self release a CD, putting together the packaging can be a big job. Especially if it is the first CD you’ve released!
Packaging is important- nicely crafted packaging, with informative and comprehensive text, will go a long way towards presenting your CD project in the best light possible.
Get a head start by collecting all your info, text, photographs, and artwork as early in the process as possible. Start your text document even as you are just planning your recording sessions. It always takes longer than you think. By the time your final master is ready for replication, you want to be all ready to go to print. (If you start from scratch, you can easily spend weeks getting your packaging organized!)
To help make the design process easier and more organized, I have assembled a checklist of text information you may want to include in your packaging. You may not need or want to include all of these things, but this list should help you get started. If you think of anything else I should include, please leave a comment!
CD Packaging Text Checklist
Tracks (with correct copyright notices, especially for covers)
Performers (For musicians signed to a label: “Courtesy Of” their label)
Recycled material notice
Program Notes Author