How To Create An NFT: The Beginner’s Guide

Many artists are considering creating their own NFT art as NFTs continue to rise in popularity. However, the process of creating an NFT may be daunting considering all of the technical jargon and artwork that surrounds the creation of creating an NFT.

Our ‘How To Create An NFT‘ guide will help you create your own NFT artwork, regardless of your skill level. We have everything you need to know about selling NFTs and how to choose an NFT marketplace.

What Is An NFT (Non-Fungible Token)?

NFTs (or Non-Fungible Tokens) are digital assets that represent digital or real-world objects and whose ownership is recorded on a blockchain. They are not fungible. NFTs can’t be traded with other digital assets, like fiat currency or cryptocurrency. These can be described as the original art pieces, such as “Mona Lisa” by artist Leonardo da Vinci. There will be only one original, created by Leonardo da Vinci, regardless of how many copies (photos, posters, cards, etc.,) there may be. The certificate will prove to be authentic.

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How to create an NFT – here’s a complete guide.

NFTs are similar to traditional artifacts but they are digital. These unique NFT pieces cannot be duplicated or destroyed. Additionally, the blockchain stores ownership details and transaction details so that anyone can verify the authenticity of the NFT.

Selling your NFT art has many unique benefits for artists and creators.

  • You can receive a portion of the royalties for each sale of NFT art in the future.
  • Unlike the traditional Art Market, you don’t need to rely on an outside party to sell your piece or pay art galleries and auction houses to display your work.

NFT art is easy to use and requires very little investment. NFT marketplaces allow you to connect with buyers all over the world.

How To Make NFT Art:

  1. Select the right blockchain
  2. Install a crypto wallet
  3. Cryptocurrency: Buy it
  4. Make NFT art
  5. Your NFT should be priced
  6. Select a marketplace for your NFT to be listed
  7. Mint your NFT

How To Get Started With NFTs

Digital artwork is not enough to create an NFT because NFTs can only be authenticated on the Blockchain. Here are the steps to get you started.

Choose A Blockchain

NFTs are based on blockchains and there are many blockchain networks out there, each considers itself the best in terms of scalability, unique features, or capabilities. For example, the Ethereum blockchain is the home of the majority of NFT and DeFi projects. It has been dominant in the industry. However, with high network activity comes high gas fees. Ethereum is considered to be a secure and reliable blockchain. Ethereum also consumes more energy and has less scalability.

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NFTs are based on blockchains and there are many blockchain networks.

Polygon is an Ethereum layer 2 scaling solution. It offers low gas fees and fast transactions. It also has higher scalability. ImmutableX offers gasless transactions and scalability. Solana also allows for faster, more scalable transactions and lower costs. Its main net is still in beta and is less centralized than Ethereum. Tezos also offers gasless transactions and is very popular for music projects.

Important to remember is that every blockchain supports only certain wallets and NFT markets. If you create your NFT art using a Tezos blockchain you will not be able sell it on any marketplaces that don’t support Tezos.

Create A Crypto Wallet

A future NFT artist will need a secure and reliable crypto wallet before creating your NFT art. A crypto wallet is where your NFTs will be stored. When choosing a wallet, you must ensure it is compatible with your NFTs and the NFT marketplace where you plan to trade your NFTs.

Generally speaking, crypto and NFT wallets are classified as either “software” or “hardware” wallets. The first is a digital wallet that stores your NFTs online. Whereas, Hardware wallets, are physical wallets that keep NFTs offline. MetaMask and Trust Wallet are some of the most popular online wallets. Enjin and Cryptobase wallets are also common.

Purchase Crypto On An Exchange

To mint your NFTs on most NFT marketplaces you will need to pay “gas fees.” These fees are compensation to blockchain miners who validate and process transactions on the blockchain. To cover these costs, you will need to purchase cryptocurrency on an exchange. However, be certain that the cryptocurrency that you are choosing is accepted in the marketplace and blockchain that you intend to use.

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Crypto is needed in order to create NFT art.

You may also need a “bridge” if you sell NFTs via Polygon. A “bridge” allows assets to be transferred from one blockchain into another. Sending your crypto to an incorrect address is a common error. If you make this mistake, your crypto is non-refundable and will be lost forever.

How Do You Create NFT Art

Once you’ve gathered all the necessary information to make your NFTs, it’s now time to start creating them. It might seem daunting to create NFTs with all of this information. It’s actually quite simple.

Creating NFTs If You’re An Artist

NFT art can be made much easier if you are an artist. However, mastering digital art software may be necessary to create outstanding artworks. Adobe Photoshop and Affinity Photo as well as Krita and Autodesk Sketchbook all offer great tools for digital painting. If you’re interested in structured drawing and isometric art Adobe Illustrator and Affinity Designer, Inkscape, and Gravit Designer are great choices.

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You can create your NFT art using a variety of tools.

Artists’ are not limited to 2-dimensional art. 3-dimensional NFT artworks have been a huge hit within the NFT space. You can create your own 3-dimensional art with the right software. Maya, a 3D visual effects program, is the industry standard. ZBrush, Blender, Cinema 4D, and Blender are all great options for 3D sculpting. PixelArt, Blender, and MagicaVoxel are great options for pixel and voxel arts. Photoshop, Affinity Photo, and Gimp are better suited for PhotoBashing, which involves merging images with 3D assets in order to create original artworks.

No Skills To Create NFT Art? Hire An Artist

Does it mean you have to be an artist in order to create NFT artwork? Not at all! You can hire an artist or a developer to help you create NFT art even if you are not an artist. You might be wondering: Why do I need a developer?

You don’t need one for NFT art. For generative art NFTs to be made, a developer is required. This is becoming more common. All generative art NFTs can be used to create collectibles such as Cool Cats and Doodles. Developers use algorithms to create unique artworks using source art and constraints. This allows you to create thousands of combinations.

If you are working on complex smart contracts (i.e., those that have complicated conditions for purchase), you will need to hire a developer. A developer is required if you plan to create interactive games, such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club and CyberKongz.

Where Can I Find An NFT Developer Or Artist

You can find a freelancer on Fiverr, Freelancer, or Upwork. You can also find Web3-focused websites such as Web3.career to help you find the right person for your Web3 needs. Social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter can help you find talented artists and developers. You can also use Discord to search for someone who matches your criteria. If none of these options work for you, you can also look for digital artists or developers that you know.

Beware of scams with regard to where you hire an artist or developer. Many artists and developers use pseudonyms (especially in the NFT sector). You may not be able to tell who is genuine, but self-doxxed developers and artists are always a better option. Also, make sure you research the industry prices for developers and freelance designers before hiring them. This will ensure that you aren’t overcharged. You should also inquire how much they require for the work they do.

No Coding Skills?

You don’t require any programming skills to create simple NFT art. NFTs can be sold on multiple NFT marketplaces. OpenSea is one of the best choices for this. LooksRare comes in second place for all-time sales volume, while OpenSea is the largest NFT marketplace. You can create any type of NFTs on both platforms: digital art, music and collectibles.

These marketplaces also offer additional features. OpenSea supports unlockable content for your NFTs. Unlockable content is content that the buyer can “unlock” (or view) after the NFT has been sold. These include high-resolution files and possibly behind-the-scenes videos, concert tickets, signed merchandise, and many other items. LooksRare, on the other hand, rewards users for simply participating.

OpenSea, Rarible offer lazy minting. This is a great feature for creators. Lazy minting doesn’t allow you to mint NFTs immediately after you create them. This is not the usual practice. It is instead minted at the time of purchase. The buyer pays the transaction fees, not you. Rarible announced this feature late in the year. It stated that “we’re excited about further lowering the entry barrier for NFT Creators from all around the world.”

NiftyKit, another great way to start an NFT art collection is also without any code. This SaaS platform allows you to mint directly on Ethereum and Polygon.

List Your NFTs On The Best Marketplace

Once you have your NFT artwork ready, it is time to mint it. You will need an NFT marketplace that supports your chosen blockchain. There are several different NFT marketplaces in existence, and many of them have a specific niche. These are some of the best NFT marketplaces for creating NFT art.

OpenSea

OpenSea is the first peer-to-peer marketplace and has the largest following. OpenSea has generated $23.5 million in sales volume so far (at the time this article was written). It supports blockchains Ethereum, and Polygon and is now beta testing Solana. It allows code-free mining and is easy to use, especially for beginners.

You can either list your NFTs at a fixed price or auction. You can choose to sell your NFTs at a declining price (Dutch Auction) or to sell to the highest bidding buyer. The NFT is won by the highest bidder. In the latter case, the price drops until someone purchases the piece.

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OpenSea is a leading NFT marketplace.

Looks Rare is currently the largest competitor to OpenSea. Only a few months after its launch, LooksRare has already become the 2nd largest marketplace by volume of all-time trades. Its total sales volume is currently over $18 billion. After its OpenSea airdrop, the platform gained popularity. You get a certain number of $LOOKS coins depending on how many NFTs you trade. The coins can then be exchanged for Ethereum, and the profits could be taken or staked on the website to receive rewards.

LooksRare introduced several new features in recent months. The newest feature allows you to see the price of each trait. The platform also added a transfer function to warn users about delisting NFTs.

Rarible

Rarible, another popular NFT marketplace, has already sold around $293 million. Unless you choose the “lazy minting” option, you will need to pay for the cost of minting. Rarible is code-free, and has been complimented by many for having an aesthetic interface. You can either place your NFT up for sale or get bids or create an ‘”instant sale pricing” so that the NFT is sold at a fixed price.

Solana Marketplaces

Solana NFTs have been growing in popularity. You can explore the fast-growing Solana NFT markets Solanart and Magic Eden if Solana is your preferred blockchain. Solana marketplaces are a better alternative to Ethereum marketplaces. They allow you to list and mint NFTs at low prices and fast transaction speeds.

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Solana marketplaces has risen in popularity.

Your NFT artwork will be able to succeed without incurring heavy NFT transaction fees on Ethereum. SolSea claims to be the first marketplace that allows creators to embed copyright licenses while creating their NFTs. Magic Eden has also raised $27 million in order to take on OpenSea.

Pricing Your NFT Art: What Should You Charge?

Different blockchains have different upfront costs. Blockchains that use the proof-of-work protocol are slower and more expensive but they offer safety, reliability, and security. Some popular examples include Rare on Bitcoin, and CryptoPunks for Ethereum. However, proof of stake blockchains can be faster and more affordable, but they are also less reliable and trustworthy. Due to their low fees, they are also rife with bots. These blockchains include Polygon, Solana, and Tezos.

The generally accepted “golden rule” when it comes to gas fees is do not mint an NFT art if the gas fee is more than the artwork. It is important to take into account the rarity and scarcity of your NFT when pricing it. If your NFT is unique or in smaller quantities, it can be priced higher. For example, XCOPY‘s 1 of 1 piece has sold for millions of dollars.

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XCOPY Art ‘Max Pain’.

Many NFT projects offer additional benefits to holders, such as metaverse land, exclusive merchandise, and events. People are willing to pay enormous sums for these types of artworks.

Pricing for larger NFT collections is slightly different. The most popular price for a 10,000 NFT collection is 0.08 Ethereum, which is the original minting price for Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs when they first minted. Many people prefer to buy high-priced dutch auctions these days.

Many choose to take the “safer” route by beginning at a lower price and once their NFT collection is established, they choose to increase prices. An example of this would be Cool Cats and their launch of Cool Pets.

Making Your Artwork An NFT

Every market will have its own steps for minting NFTs. These are the steps to take:

  1. Make a digital file from your NFT art, and ensure that it is supported by the marketplace of your choice.
  2. Connect your wallet (make sure it is a reputable marketplace, ensure to do your own reading) to create an account on the marketplace. Click the “Create” option in the top right corner of OpenSea or Rarible.
  3. Upload your file, title the file, and give a description. You can then add properties and unlockable content (if applicable).
  4. OpenSea allows you to select the blockchain that you would like to mint the NFT. You can choose how to sell your artwork on Rarible. You can also include a price when creating an NFT. You can do this at a later date.
  5. Click “Create”

NFTs don’t only cater to artwork. Music NFTs are very common, like the ones by Grimes or Steve Aoki. Apart from artwork, video highlights, memes and collectibles as well as gifs and tweets have all been converted into NFTs.


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