How to Create An NFT Easily [Guide]
Dec 9, 2021
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Are you a novice who has stumbled into the fast-paced world of non-fungible tokens or a seasoned pro who wants to profit off an NFT of their own? No matter where we look, we hear of NFT art pieces being sold at eyewatering prices! Well, who doesn’t want in on that action? You’re in luck. Because today, we are going to explain everything with this easy guide about how to create an NFT of yours.
But before we begin, it is important to do a reality check. Sure, projects like Kevin Abosch’s Forever Rose and Beeple’s Crossroads have fetched $1 million and $6.6 million respectively.
But these multi-million-dollar sales are rare occurrences. In fact, most of the money you make while selling these NFTs may go into transaction fees, platform fees, upfront and after sales fees.
Still with us? Well good! Because now it gets better.1
Why create an NFT token?
There are many good reasons why you may want to create NFT art:
- They preserve scarcity and establish ownership of digital assets
- They offer a flexible and easy way to monetize an artist’s work (with smart contracts)
- By using blockchain tech to turn your art into a token, you can sell it online
- You get access to a global network of buyers and collectors instantly
If that wasn’t enough, creating your own NFT is:
- Not costly
- Not technical
- Not complex
These are all very great reasons to start building your own NFT. With that out of the way, let us begin!
Making an NFT
So, you want to become an NFT artist? The first thing you got to have is a goal in mind. Also, lots of creativity.
The good news is that you don’t need to have skills like Picasso or Michelangelo. In fact, as a digital artist, you might have some unused art sitting in your gallery, just waiting to be turned into NFT tokens! Or, you can just start creating art. Whatever rocks your boat.
How can I create NFT art?
We will be following a tried-and-test approach to creating your own NFT art.
Here’s the process:
- Choosing the right format for your NFT content
- Creating and minting NFTs
- How to setup your wallet and start trading
- Choosing the right NFT marketplace for your project
Choosing the Right Format for Your NFT Content
You can create a non-fungible token out of any multimedia file – photo, audio, video, image, text, etc. There’s also other NFT types such as virtual items from video games, virtual land, crypto-collectibles, even snippets of programming code.
With so many ways to ‘tokenize’ your art, the sky is the limit. Just make sure it fits with the theme you’re going for. Perhaps you want to launch an NFT art collection of yours later, so it helps to keep a uniform theme in mind.
Now once you have decided the content format, you will be converting it into the appropriate file type.
Generally, NFTs are stored in the following digital formats:
- Images – PNG or GIF
- Text – PDF
- Video – MP4
- Music – MP3
Creating and minting NFTs
What makes some NFTs worth more than others? Their scarcity and uniqueness.
Some artists don’t settle for selling one NFT, when they can easily launch several of them as part of a collection. Your NFT art collection can feature one base creation, and linked with several different attributes that you program. People can buy an NFT off you, and they will get a digital token with those randomized attributes.
Say you are launching a collection of 1000 robots, each with their own unique attribute values. This makes some collectibles more exclusive than others. Keep in mind that when launching collections, you will need to decide on a final total number of creations (1000 in the case of your aforementioned robot NFT collection).
This process of creating your own NFTs is called minting. What happens here is that your digital item turns into an asset on the blockchain.
Just like coins need to be added into circulation, NFTs need to be minted. After minting, you now have a secure and tamper-proof digital asset out, which can be sold, traded or stored in your digital crypto wallet.
Do note that the process of minting an NFT is not free. You will have to pay a gas fee while you convert it. You can always check the prevailing gas fee here.
With you signing the NFT and taking care of the gas fee, the newly minted NFT will appear on your profile.
Tip: Consider looking into smart contracts for NFTs. This can help you automatically get a cut of royalties from subsequent sales of your creation. Or you can even choose to fund your favorite charities. You have the power to set the rules with built-in smart contracts.
How to setup your wallet and start trading
Now that you have your digital asset, you will need to get some Ethereum cryptocurrency to convert it into an NFT. Again, ether is not the only option to tokenize your art, but we will be keeping it very simple and sticking to ETH for this guide.
Like we mentioned before, minting an NFT costs money. Therefore, you will be needing a digital wallet and some Ether to start things.
Which crypto wallet to choose? We prefer ‘MetaMask’ because of its ease of use. It’s also free! You can install it on Android, iOS and even your favorite web browser.
Consider getting at least $100 of Ethereum in your crypto wallet. And keep an eye on those gas fees.
Or, you can mint your NFT on popular NFT marketplace OpenSea for free. You will need to connect your wallet to create an account there.
Choosing the right NFT marketplace for yourself
You’re almost there! As part of the process for creating own NFTs, you need to put it on an NFT marketplace.
This part is super important. You will need to consider these factors while choosing the marketplace:
- Supported blockchain types
- Supported formats
- NFT minting prices
Its time to cut to the chase.
Some of the most popular NFT marketplaces are OpenSea, Rarible and Mintable. And once again, we will be using OpenSea for the sake of simplicity. Also, its free and features no moderation, which means you don’t need approval as an artist to start selling your stuff.
Step 1: Connect your crypto wallet with OpenSea:
- Click your user icon on OpenSea’s web page, and then ‘My Profile.’
- Connect your ETH wallet, i.e. MetaMask, by choosing ‘Use a different Wallet.’
- Click on WalletConnect.
- Follow the instructions on-screen and confirm the connection.
Step 2: Create an NFT with OpenSea
- Click on ‘Create’ in the top menu, and then ‘Create a Collection.’
- Fill out all the information for your NFT project, and save it.
- To start minting, click on ‘New Item.’
- Load up the right digital file you want to convert into an NFT.
- Click Create. That’s it!
Congratulations! You are now a proud NFT creator. You are at liberty to keep, trade or sell NFTs at the marketplace. We will be discussing how to sell your NFT project in a later post. But now that you know how to create an NFT, welcome to a whole new world of crypto craziness.
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