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Music Fanart Rules

Music Fanart Rules

Postby akovia » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:14 am

Please Note:
Moderator decisions are FINAL. Uploading the same image without adjusting what was requested will not be tolerated.
This does not mean you can't ask for a second opinion from another mod if you feel strongly enough that your image was done within the rules, but you had better make sure you are in the right as no mod wants to second guess another mod and will tend to side with the mod unless it's a clear discrepancy. You should ALWAYS start by opening a dialog with the original mod first before asking for a second opinion, and please attach the original deny conversation when getting a second opinion.

Not every rule can be explained in a little bullet point which is why there are some rules that just don't fit into this list. If you want to ensure your success, you should also see this post.
Unwritten Rules Revealed.

HD Music Logos (hdmusiclogo)
Music Logos are images of an artist or bands logo/name with a transparent background
Can be used while browsing your media center library to show next to the album cover or as a recognizable navigation item


  • Image Size 800 x 310px
  • Centered aligned both vertically and horizontally
  • 10px gutter, this means the actual image is a maximum of 780px by 290px and any dropshadow/outerglow can go into the gutter, but the image may not
  • Try to fill as much width/height as possible
  • logos need to be visible on all kinds of backgrounds
  • Try to go with the lighter color version of a logo since 90% of skins are dark
  • Logo should be authentic to the original logo where possible
  • A limit of 4 logos per Artist per user. No Exceptions.


Artist Background (artistbackground)
Artist Backgrounds are high quality backdrops containing the artist/band
Can be used as a background while browsing your music library
Can be used as a background slideshow while playing music on a media center


  • Images must be in jpg format sized 1920x1080 pixels, no exceptions.
  • Copyright infos need to be added in the Comments when uploading the image. Your image will be denied if you don't follow this rule.
    (If the image is a Promo / PR shot from the band's official webpage, social media or record company, then a link to the source is required.
    If the image is from any other source, then a link to the source AND the name of the copyright holder is required.)
  • Only high quality images will be accepted
  • Screengrabs will be not accepted, no exceptions.
  • Images should not have any logos or other text on them
  • Images should not have borders or frames round them


cdART (cdart)
cdArts are the original music discs with a transparent background
Can be used while browsing your media center library to show the original disc next to the cover
Can be used as a spinning disc in music visualization while playing music on a media center


  • Images must be in png format sized 1000x1000 pixels, no exceptions.
  • The cdART template must be used for consistency
  • Outside areas and middle must be transparent
  • Split rings must be used when necessary
  • Images must be rotated so that they are upright
  • No usernames or designer names are permitted
  • Only high quality images will be accepted
  • Original cd art preferred, but custom art considered if standards are met


Album Cover (albumcover)
Album Covers are images of the original album
Can be used while browsing your media center library to show the original album cover


  • Images must be in jpg format sized 1000x1000 pixels, no exceptions.
  • Should be an image of the real CD cover
  • Stickers, Obis, PMRC labels, and anything which obstructs the cover art are not allowed.
    However there's one exception where it would be approved, if the Pmrc label is part of the cover like on George Carlin album, Parental Advisory: explicit lyrics. Please see link https://fanart.tv/artist/5a79e923-b2ef- ... in-george/
  • Only high quality images will be accepted


Artist Thumb (artistthumb)
Artist thumbs are high quality thumbnail images of an artist or band
Can be used while browsing your media centre library to show Thumbnails of all your artists/bands


  • Images must be in jpg format sized 1000x1000 pixels, no exceptions.
  • Copyright infos need to be added in the Comments when uploading the image. Your image will be denied if you don't follow this rule.
    (If the image is a Promo / PR shot from the band's official webpage, social media or record company, then a link to the source is required.
    If the image is from any other source, then a link to the source AND the name of the copyright holder is required.)
  • Only high quality images will be accepted
  • Do not use album covers and if possible try to use images that aren't already artist backgrounds
  • Artist thumb must contain the whole band/group
  • Artist thumb may not contain any text or logos
  • Images should not have borders or frames round them


Music Banner (musicbanner)
Music banners are images containing the artists including their logo/name
Can be used while browsing your media center library as a recognizable navigation item


  • Images must be in jpg format sized 1000x185 pixels, no exceptions.
  • Only high quality images will be accepted
  • Images should have the artist logo on them


Record Label (musiclabel)
Record label logos are images with a transparent background
Can be used to show next to your album covers while browsing your media center
These logos exist in color, white&transparent gradient, black&transparent gradient version


  • Image Size 400 x 270px
  • Center aligned both horizontal and vertical
  • Try to fill as much width/height as possible while keeping aspect ratio
  • Colored logos need to be visible on all kinds of backgrounds
  • Add a small 1-2px drop shadow/border to a colored logo so if on a lighter skin they'll out a little more instead of blend in
  • White gradient logos should look good with different kinds of color diffuse overlays
  • Logo should be authentic to the original logo
  • The same logo may be applicable to several record label entries. Please upload it to each one of them
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