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iTunes 10 for Windows: Add artwork to songs and other items

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Add artwork to songs and other items

Music and video you buy from the iTunes Store comes with its own artwork. You can add your own artwork to songs and other items in your library.

You can add many popular types of still-image files, including JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and Photoshop. You must convert WAV files to another format before you can add artwork.

To open or close the artwork viewer, click this button at the bottom left of the iTunes window:

Show Artwork button

The artwork viewer displays artwork for the currently selected or currently playing item in any view.

Here are ways to add artwork to music and video:

  • To add artwork to one item, select an item in your iTunes library and drag the art file to the artwork viewer.

  • To add artwork to multiple items, select an item, choose File > Get Info, and click Artwork. To add art to the selected item, click Add (or drag the art file from your desktop to the artwork viewer). Click Next to add artwork to the next item.

  • To add the same artwork to multiple items, hold down the Command key as you click each item, choose File > Get Info, click Artwork, and drag the art file to the artwork viewer.

  • To add more than one piece of art to a song, drag more than one image to the same artwork box.

  • To retrieve album artwork for songs in your library, select the songs and choose Advanced > Get Album Artwork.

  • To have iTunes automatically download album artwork when you import a CD or add songs with missing artwork, choose Edit > Preferences, click Store, and select “Automatically download missing album artwork.”

Here are ways to view artwork:

  • To visually browse your iTunes library, click the Album List, Grid, or Cover Flow button.

    The buttons for List, Album List, Grid, and Cover Flow views
  • To display artwork for all albums while you’re using Album List view, choose View > Always Show Artwork.

  • To view artwork full screen while you’re using Cover Flow, click the arrows Full screen open icon in the lower-right corner of the Cover Flow display.

    To exit full screen, click the arrows Full screen close icon or press Escape.

  • To display artwork in its own window, click the art in the artwork viewer.

  • To change the picture that shows in the artwork viewer when a video is selected, play the video. When you see the frame you want to appear as artwork, right-click the movie, and then choose Set Poster Frame.

Last Modified: Mar 25, 2014
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