How to Make Mixtape Covers Without Photoshop

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How to Make Mixtape Covers Without Photoshop
Mixtapes' fragility can add to their sentimental value. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

CDs and MP3s may have replaced cassette tapes as the dominant media for commercially produced music, but the mixtape still lives on. The time and effort needed to make a mixtape gives this format a personal touch that a burnt CD or MP3 playlist can't match. To personalise your mixtape even more, create a customised cover for the tape. Professional-level graphics programs like Photoshop provide powerful tools for creating mixtape covers; however, you can make a mixtape cover using the Paint graphics program that comes with Windows.

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    Click the "Start" menu button and type "Paint" into the search box. Click the "Paint" icon that appears to launch the program.

  2. 2

    Click the "Paint" menu button, then click "Properties." Click the "Inches" radio button. Type "4" into the "Height" box; type "4.06" into the "Width" box. Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Click the "Line" icon on the toolbar. Click the "Size" button and select the second-smallest line width.

  4. 4

    Click and drag to draw a horizontal line 1 inch below the top edge of the cover. The line should span the entire cover. Draw a second line half an inch below the first line.

  5. 5

    Click the "Text" icon in the toolbar. Choose a font from the "Font" drop-down menu. Click between the two lines, then type the mixtape's title.

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    Click the "Paste" button, then click "Paste From." Double-click the image file you want to use as the mixtape's cover. Click and drag the image's corners to fit the cover. Add any other desired elements to the mixtape cover using Paint's "Text," "Brush" and "Shape" tools.

  7. 7

    Click the "Rectangle" tool. Click the "Size" button and select the smallest line size. Click and drag from the top-left corner to the bottom-right corner of the mixtape cover to create an outline for the cover.

  8. 8

    Click the "Paint" menu button, then click "Print." Click the "Print" button to print the mixtape cover.

  9. 9

    Cut out the mixtape cover. Fold it along the lines, then insert it into the cassette case.

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