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How to Make NFT Art: Easier Than You Thought?

date April 19, 2022 time 5 min read 1153 views

Curious about how to make NFT art? Considering the many millions of dollars some pieces have managed to reach, we don’t blame you. Although you’ll need to know a thing or two about the two spaces to stand a shot at making good money from your projects, the process itself is surprisingly simple—let’s look at each step involved.

Even if you’re familiar with NFTs and have read a few explainers, you probably haven’t ventured into the realm of how to make NFT art yourself. If you’ve had your interest piqued by the hype and want advice on getting started, you’re in the right place.

We’ll run through a few options for how to create NFT art, all without being shy when it comes to mentioning various pitfalls you may encounter along the way—such as fees, environmental concerns, and knowing which platform to choose.

NFT art

Since the get-go, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been associated with digital art. You might have heard of some of the high-profile NFT collections, such as the Bored Apes Yacht Club or the CryptoPunks.

NFT art has been all the rage recently—but how can you make your own?
NFT art has been all the rage recently—but how can you make your own? (Source: Unsplash)

However, there can be a few misconceptions about exactly what NFT art is, so let’s take a few moments to pull together a definition. 

For one, although any piece of art can be made into an NFT, not every piece of digital art is an NFT by default. Rather, it’s a specific term for an artwork with a source code on the blockchain. If you opened up the Paint program on your computer, made a squiggle, and saved it as a JPEG, it wouldn’t be a piece of NFT art—just a piece of art (if you’re being generous). For that to be the case, you’d have to actually turn it into an NFT—more on how to do that shortly.

There’s an ongoing joke online that any piece of NFT art can simply be right-clicked and saved by another internet user, rendering it worthless. But while this is technically true, what makes art NFTs different is that ownership is proven on a public ledger. Think of it as the difference between actually owning a piece of Picasso artwork in your home and owning a reproduction of that same artwork. They might look similar to the average person, but we all know the two are miles apart.

Plus, art NFTs help to support digital artists in a way copying and pasting doesn’t, which is why they gained so much traction in the first place.

Types of NFT art

The NFT art world is just emerging, so everything from memes to photography is fair game.
The NFT art world is just emerging, so everything from memes to photography is fair game. (Source: Unnsplash)

NFT art may take any of the following forms:

  • Photography
  • GIFs
  • Videos
  • JPEGs
  • Avatars

There are also some more niche subcategories within these, like memes. At the end of the day, art is subjective, so don’t be afraid to go out there and be creative.

How to create NFT art 

If you’ve seen some of the eye-watering figures that art NFTs have fetched in the past (did the $69 million Beeple catch your attention?), we don’t blame you for wondering how you can recreate that yourself. 

We’ve effectively already covered the first and most important step:

Getting your head around what art NFTs are in the first place.

So, now let’s take things to the next level.

1. Decide on an NFT

Blockchain technology is essential for creating an NFT, but it’s not a monolith. You’ll have to choose one specific blockchain to launch your NFT on. The most popular choice is Ethereum, but you could opt for an alternative such as Polkadot if you’re worried about high gas fees and environmental concerns due to inefficiency.

This decision is partly going to influence which NFT marketplace you choose, because not every marketplace supports every blockchain you could possibly build an NFT on.

2. Create a digital wallet

You can’t create an NFT or receive the funds from selling it unless you also set up a crypto wallet. Most marketplaces accept Metamask, Coinbase Wallet, and Trust Wallet, but it’s best to check compatibility before you get too attached to your platform of choice.

Using a digital wallet like MetaMask is key to knowing how to make NFT art.
Using a digital wallet like MetaMask is key to knowing how to make NFT art. (Source: MetaMask)

After setting up your wallet, you’ll be able to link it to your marketplace of choice. This ensures any payments you receive for NFT sales goes straight to your wallet.

However, you may need to pay a small amount to be able to create your NFT and list it. So, make sure you add some cryptocurrency to your wallet (choose something compatible with the relevant blockchain—ETH tends to be a good bet).

3. Choose a marketplace

To get your show on the road, you’ll need to choose an NFT art marketplace to list your NFT art—something we’ve touched on briefly a few times already.

The biggest NFT marketplace by a long shot is OpenSea, and it also boasts a range of NFTs across various categories, so it’s a good choice for most beginners looking to sell NFT art. However, there are also some alternatives to consider. For instance, Nifty Gateway has been a choice for a few alternative NFT art projects, such as those by the music artist Grimes.

4. Add your NFT file

Once you have everything above sorted out, you can finally get started with the process of “minting” your NFT (the terminology meaning creating an NFT). This is surprisingly simple. All you need to do is upload the file and enter some details about it, such as a name, description, and price.

The file formats accepted vary, but something simple like a PDF or JPEG will usually suffice.

5. Sell your NFT

Finally, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: Selling your NFT (hopefully for a nice profit). This part varies slightly depending on the platform you choose. 

You can generally choose between either an auction or selling your NFT at a fixed price. You can also choose whether you want to enable royalties (i.e., you’ll receive a cut of the fees if the buyer chooses to sell it on in the future).

Be aware that you may or may not have to pay a fee for the transactio. Sometimes this is the sole responsibility of buyers, and while, at other times, sellers also have to pay a percentage for the transaction.

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