This Is Newleaf Design

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Who is Newleaf Design?

Well, I am. I started Newleaf Design back in 2000, and since that time I’ve created hundreds of cd package designs as well as logos, posters, flyers and original artwork of all kinds. I’m located in Battle Ground, Washington in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

As a solo designer, I will offer you exceptional customer service. You don’t have to go through a sales rep or any other kind of middleman. You’ll always have direct access to your designer should you have any concerns or questions. I’m an excellent communicator and will never leave you hanging wondering what is going on with your project. That’s my pledge to you.

How long will it take for my artwork to be completed?

Completion time depends on a number of factors, but mostly it is governed by three things:

  1. the size and complexity of the design
  2. how quickly you send necessary materials (text, liner notes, images, etc.) to Newleaf Design
  3. how quickly you respond and make corrections to proofs sent to you from Newleaf Design. Generally speaking, you should plan on about three to four weeks for the design phase (please note that this does not include the time it takes to manufacture your CDs).

What if I want to make a change to my art during the design phase?

You will be receiving up to three proofs of your art as part of the design process. The first proof is generally a concept design. Since this is a fairly rough draft design (often without some the text and other design elements) significant changes to the design can be made at this point. The second and third proofs are more refined versions and changes to these should be more minor.

Do you charge extra for major changes made to the design?

Again, it depends on what point we are at with the design. I strive to deliver your art at the price I quote you. The review of the first proof will usually iron out most of the major design issues. If you request significant changes to the design at the second proof, I may need to charge extra. I will always inform you if I think any additional charges are necessary and let you know exactly how much they will be.

Why do you charge a 50% deposit?

I charge 50% of the total price of the artwork to first-time clients. The deposit assures me that you are serious about the project. The remaining 50% is due when I have completed the artwork to your satisfaction – which assures you that I am serious about your project, too.

Does Newleaf manufacture and print the artwork and CDs?

No. I am a graphic designer, not a printer or CD manufacturer. Generally, you the client make the decision about where to manufacture the CDs and handle the business arrangements with the CD manufacturer. I will send the art files to whomever you choose. I can also recommend several reputable CD manufacturing firms to you.

When should I decide on a CD manufacturer?

It’s best to have the manufacturer chosen before design of the art starts. Different manufacturers have different art templates and specifications for printing, and I like to know what those are before I do any major design work. Additionally, if you changed manufacturers in the middle of the design phase, I would have to charge you for changing templates, and I don’t want to do that.

How long does manufacturing take?

It depends on the manufacturer. You will need to ask that question when you contact the manufacturers. I have noticed, however, that three weeks seems fairly average.