12 FREE Podcast Cover Art Backgrounds and Templates

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In this free download, you’ll receive access to twelve podcast cover templates and backgrounds to inspire your next thumbnail design.

Eye-catching design gets you noticed. In the world of podcasting, listeners glance through a vast library of podcasts. While many have an inkling as to the topic they’re interested in, the cover art is typically what reels them into giving any podcast a listen. Because visuals have a key role in determining your audience, poorly designed podcast thumbnails can have the potential to drive away new listeners. The key to acquiring new listeners lies in the cover design itself. A podcast’s cover often speaks for the quality of the podcast.

To help in your cover art journey, we’ve compiled twelve FREE podcast backgrounds that you can use for a multitude of podcast categories from health and wellness to business. They’re all designed with versatility in mind. These free backgrounds can be edited to best fit the needs of your podcast. A change of color here and there can make a world of difference for your podcast. All you need to do is scroll down, click on the download button, and read on to learn how to make the most out of these podcast cover backgrounds.

What’s Included in this Free Podcast Cover Art Pack

This free Podcast Cover Art Pack features twelve cover backgrounds in 2400 x 2400 pixel dimensions. These can be used for multiple applications, but are specifically created for podcast cover art. In the download, you’ll receive access to twelve raster and vector backgrounds — with and without typography.

Free Sample Podcast Cover BackgroundsA sample of the podcast cover backgrounds that are available in the free download. All fonts included are for free and commercial use.

The background templates are available as EPS, JPG, and PNG to ensure anyone can use the Podcast Cover Art Pack in various editing or design softwares, and upload them to any podcast platform.

All you need to do is place the PNG or JPG files into an editing software — such as Shutterstock Editor — add your own title and slogan, and export the design. You can also manipulate the vector EPS files in Adobe Illustrator by changing the layout, color, effects, typography, and more.

How to Download the Free Podcast Cover Art Pack

Downloading this free Podcast Cover Art Pack is simple. Just click on the button below for direction to your download. Then, double-click the ZIP file to unpackage its contents, and you’ll see the designs in EPS, JPG, and PNG folders. View the attached license to see how you can use the free download, and check out the coupon to apply a discount to specified orders.


By downloading this free Podcast Cover Art Pack, you agree not to resell or redistribute these assets.

How to Build out Your Next Podcast Cover Design

Creating your podcast’s cover design is not as simple as slapping a font (or two) onto a background. Just like with any design, there’s more to a composition than adding text to imagery. With the help of these free design backgrounds, you can take the guesswork out of podcast design and be on your way to an eye-catching cover in no time.

Add Text to Podcast Cover Backgrounds

If you’re set on using the podcast cover design as is, you only need to include typography to complete the design. But, before you drag out a text box and type away, think about the font style that resonates with your podcast. Typography is an important aspect of any design, but it’s especially crucial in a small podcast thumbnail.

Matching Text with ArtA whimsical handwriting font pairs well with quirky plant illustrations.

When selecting typefaces for your podcast cover design, it’s imperative to use fonts with a commercial license. Stick to two typefaces or less, and make sure the typography resonates with the theme of your podcast.

Browse Shutterstock EditorShutterstock Editor features a vast library of fonts that you can use on your podcast cover.

To get started, simply upload the raster JPG or PNG formats to your preferred editing program, and incorporate a commercial use typeface. Unlike Photoshop, Shutterstock Editor takes the guesswork out of choosing the appropriate font for your podcast design. Use the Type Tool in Adobe programs or activate the Text Tool in Shutterstock Editor to incorporate text into your podcast cover design.

Manipulate Podcast Vector Designs

Another way to utilize these free podcast cover backgrounds is to edit the EPS designs in a vector editing program such as Adobe Illustrator. This allows you to make more adjustments to the backgrounds, such as changing the color palettes, effects, layout, and more.

To begin, simply go to the free download file and navigate to the EPS folder. Right-click on the file and open the document in Illustrator. All of the podcast cover backgrounds are available in a single file, so you can quickly glance at the custom covers in one document.

Typography SuggestionsAll of the podcast covers come with typography suggestions layered on top. Simply toggle off the top layer to remove the titles.

With the Selection Tool (V) activated, click on an artboard, then hit Command + 0 to zoom in on the selected artboard. Maybe you’re interested in the sun rays design, but would rather opt for a warmer look. Select the background hue, head over to the Color or Swatches menus, and find the color that best matches your podcast theme.

Alter Background ColorA simple change of color and typography can transform these versatile cover designs.

If the title is still displayed on your cover design, head up to the Layers panel and click on the eye icon to hide the title suggestion. Use the Type Tool (T), drag out a text box, and type out your title. Bring up the Character panel to select from a library of typefaces. Before committing to a typeface, be sure it’s approved to be used in commercial projects.

Head back to the Color or Swatches menus to assign color to your title. Make some more adjustments to the layout and appearance of the vector elements with the help of the Alignment and Transparency menus.

Adjust Podcast Cover LayoutTransform the look of these free podcast covers with just a few adjustments.

Cover image mockups via Mr. Good and bsd.

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