We do appreciate that indie bands (in particular!) don't have any money. But already you're paying your production company for mastering and pressing, and maybe for printing as well, because you rightly want to show off your music at its best. So it makes sense to spend just a little more to get the design right as well, rather than a do-
yourself job or not at all – record companies really will take notice.
There are a number of ways we can work together to minimise your design cost while still ending up with a professional design. And we can talk to the printer for you, in the language he understands. While we're about it, we'll make sure that all that copyright stuff appears in the right places as well.