Definite potential for more design work after this contest wraps - press kit, website and social media elements, maybe a logo, etc.
Full 4 panel CD jacket layout/design. Cover, back panel, left inside panel with album credits, right inside panel (under CD tray), the CD itself, and the spine. The CD will be manufactured by Disc Makers. Their templates are available in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark XPress, and Corel Draw. Link to templates (use 4 panel 1 Tray and Disc Label): http://www.discmakers.com/templates/Digipaks.asp
The cover photo will be the one with me on the sidewalk in front of the theater. It is not cropped – you will crop it to fit the cover as you see fit. Keep in mind that it is more of a scene than a portrait, aka, don’t crop it too closely. My photographer edited out the names that were on the marquee. He tried to get the names out, but had a hard time making it look good, so he just blew it out. I have attached the original files in case you want to try. I also have the photo shop file of the final, but was unable to attach it. I can send separately if needed. Cover needs artist name and album title. EDIT - a few designers have really nailed the album name on the marquee. Having seen this, I am pretty certain that this is what I want for the cover. The more you can make it look like it is a part of the photo, the better.
The back cover will be the more serious photo of me onstage inside the theater. 7 Song titles, a barcode (lower right corner), and copyright info (in attached doc) along the bottom need to be added. We need to get the barcode and we will supply this as soon as we can.
Under the CD tray will be the from-behind theater interior shot, in black and white (it’s currently color). It is currently uncropped. I want to be able to see as much of the theater as possible in the shot.
The left inside panel is where all the album credits will go - musicians, producers, writers, etc. All info needed is attached. You will put your name/company name where it says “CD Design by.” The background of this panel is up in the air. Initially, I wanted the from-behind shot to span both panels, but It’s not the right size for this and I think it’s too busy of a photo anyway to be able to write all the info needed over. Maybe we can fade the remaining image from under the tray over the spine into black or dark gray, or maybe we just do a black or dark gray background. This will take some fiddling on your part, I think.
Another idea all together would be to use the photo of me smiling under the cd tray and try to make the left panel look like the blue curtain is continuing over the spine. I attached this photo for this possibility.
As for the CD itself, it probably depends on what happens with the inside panel designs, so this will be open to interpretation! It should, however, include my name and the album name. Maybe the 7 track names. We should probably keep it simple.
The spine should have the artist and album name.