How to Make a Rap Album Cover Art (Using an Album Cover Maker)

If you’re an aspiring rap artist, independent rap label, or an MC spitting lyrics, at some point you’re going to need a cool album cover design to promote your work. 

The Placeit album cover maker app offers a wide selection of album covers that you can customize in a matter of minutes to create amazing rap album covers. This album cover art maker is so simple to use that it doesn’t matter whether or not you have any graphic design experience. I’ll show you what I mean. 

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How to Make Rap Album Cover Art Using the Placeit Album Cover Maker

Step 1

Navigate to Placeit and sign up for FREE! Then click on Designs in the header menu. Select Album Cover Maker in the sub-menu.

Go to Placeit> Designs > Album Cover Maker

Step 2

Now you have two choices: Either type rap album cover in the search bar and narrow your search to the album covers designated for rap, or browse the entire catalogue of cool album covers, select the design you like the most, and use the customization features to turn it into a rap album cover.

Select an album cover you like

Step 3

Click the album cover template you like and it will open in the Placeit album cover maker app.

Start to customize your album by selecting the background image first. This will set the tone for all your other design choices. 

Go to the lower right hand of the rap album cover maker app and choose an image for the background of your album cover art.

Note, that if you want to upload your own photo this is where you can do so by clicking on ‘custom image’. Alternatively, you can elect not to use a photo by selecting ‘no image’ and choosing a beautiful color for your background instead. 

Begin customization by selecting a background photo

Move to the area above the background photo. This is where you can select an icon to use in your design. This can be the record label’s logo or a symbol associated with the artist. I’ve replaced the shoe with music waves as the record label’s logo. 

You can choose a color for the logo as well as add color effects to the photo with the controls above the icon, but I like to leave color work until later in the process.

Select an icon

Step 4

Now we move to the left side of our music album cover maker. 

Starting at the top of the template, you can enter all the relevant text for your rap album cover design—name of album, name of artist, producer, etc.

Once you’ve entered your text, you can keep the default fonts or select different fonts from the dropdown menu. Again, we will select the color of the fonts later when we select the color scheme for the entire album cover design. 

Enter your album text details and select fonts

Step 5

Our next step is to adjust the various elements in the album cover creator so that they fit perfectly together. You can click on each element of the design and move it around the design or click on the corners of an element to scale it up or down. 

Resize elements and move them as needed 

You should feel free to experiment as much as you like, knowing that if you’ve scaled and/or moved the elements in your album cover design and you aren’t happy with your work, you can simply hit the Reset Layout button in top right of the album cover maker app and everything will be reset to its original position. 

Hit the ‘Reset Layout’ button if you don’t like your new layout

Step 6

Now it’s time to customize the colors in your album cover art. You will remember that each element we worked on—fonts, icon, and photo—all have their own color adjustments that we didn’t touch. 

Well now go back to each one of them and experiment with the color options provided to find a combination that works for you. If you’ve used a company logo, you should make sure the color the logo is consistent with the brand. 

Customize the colors of your rap album cover art

Step 7

Look at your rap album cover design as a whole and make any tweaks to the text, fonts, colors, icon, or anything else you feel is necessary to make it just right. 

Once you’re satisfied with your design, hit the Download button at the top of the screen and download your design for a small fee. Alternatively, if you regularly need to create cool album covers, posters, social media banners, etc., then the monthly plan may be the best deal for you. And that’s it. You’ve got your own customized rap album cover design ready to go.