Creating your podcast cover art

Creating or choosing cover art is an important part of making a podcast. Effective cover art can help attract potential listeners by grabbing their attention visually, and can also give someone a good sense of what your podcast is about before they even start to listen. 

More information on this feature can be found here.

Choosing podcast artwork in Anchor

After you choose to publish your first episode, you'll be prompted to set up your cover art. This is an important step, since many platforms may reject your podcast for distribution if you haven't added cover art for your podcast.

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  • Anchor sources thousands of independent pieces of art that are all searchable, so you can find the one that best suits your podcast 
  • If you've created your own artwork, you can upload that image from your mobile device or computer
  • There's also a 'Choose one for me' option. Selecting this randomizes your podcast's cover art 

Customizing your Anchor podcast art

  • After searching for and selecting the photo you wish to use, you can zoom in and out to choose the area of the photo you'd like to use
  • You can choose to apply your podcast title, as well as pick a font, align the text, and choose a text color
  • If you'd like, you can give the photo credit to person who took the original photo

Note: You can change or edit your cover art at any time in your account settings. Changes reflect on external platforms in approximately 24 hours.

 

Uploading your own artwork 

  • We recommend an image size of 3000x3000 for best resolution
  • Your image can’t be larger than 30MB
  • You won't be able to use the Anchor image customization options on your own image, so we recommend making any design choices and edits to your image prior to uploading
  • Any image you upload must be your own, or an image you explicitly own the rights to use

Including the Anchor logo on your podcast cover art

  1. Log into your Anchor account on web
  2. Click "Settings" in the top right
  3. Click "Update settings"
  4. Scroll down to Advanced Options
  5. Toggle on or off "Show Anchor logo on cover art". When toggled on it appears purple. When toggled off it appears gray
  6. Scroll back up to the top of the page and click "Save"
  7. Refresh the page to view your saved changes

Uploading Individual Episode Artwork

In addition to choosing your podcast's general cover art, you also have the option to upload cover art for each individual episode you create on Anchor.

Note: You can change your individual episode artwork once it's been added, but you can't completely remove it. Not all external platforms display individual episode artwork; some use your podcast's main artwork.

 

From the web:

  1. Log into your Anchor account
  2. Click "Episodes" at the top of your screen
  3. Click on the episode you want to add individual cover art to
  4. Click the edit pencil to the right of your episode name
  5. Scroll down to "Customize this episode"
  6. Click "Upload new episode art"
  7. Choose the file you'd like to use as your artwork. Use the zoom option to adjust the image, then click "Save"
  8. Click "Update Episode" at the top of the page to save your image

Note: If you're including a picture on a saved episode draft, complete all the steps above, but click "Update Saved Draft" as your last step in order to save your image.

From your mobile app:

  1. Log into your Anchor account
  2. Tap "Your Podcast" in the bottom right of your screen
  3. Tap on the episode you want to add individual cover art to
  4. Tap the three dots (...) on the top right of your screen
  5. Choose "Update episode details"
  6. Tap on the image of your podcast under "Customize"
  7. Select an image. You can either take a picture directly from your phone or choose one from your device's photo reel
  8. Tap the "x" in the top left of the screen to see your new episode artwork
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