What is the difference between jackets and gatefolds?
Vinyl record jackets are single sleeve printed squares with full-colour printing on the exterior. The record is first placed in a paper or plastic sleeve and then slips into the printed jacket prior to shrink wrapping. Most records you buy off the shelf are packaged this way. However, a gatefold opens like a birthday card and has two printed panels on the inside. The final package is essentially two jackets connected by a spine, and as such they can hold up to 2 records. Gatefold packages offer a lot more real estate for your artwork so the end result can be quite stunning.
Can I request a custom package for my vinyl release?
Absolutely! Just supply us with a mock up or completed artwork and we can create a custom die for your 7 inch, 10 inch or 12 inch packaging idea.
What finishes do you offer on printed packaging?
Our recommended finish on any paper stock packaging option is an aqueous (water-based) coating. Just about every record jacket you’ll find in a store is finished this way. We also encourage it because it’s the most eco-friendly option. In addition to an aqueous coating, we offer a matte finish which gives a softer, muted look. We also offer a UV gloss finish which results in a very shiny appearance, and there’s always the option to leave your packaging uncoated.
Do you offer poly bags or clear plastic sleeves for record orders?
Yes. We do both. Talk to us about either of these options.