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Can You Use AI-Generated Art As NFT? Read This To Know

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Yes, you can use AI-generated art as NFTs. There are plenty of examples already out there that showcase that you can use AI art as an NFT. Additionally, there are no overarching rules that say that you can’t use AI art as NFT. The only thing that might disallow the use of AI art as NFT is the marketplace’s terms of use that might block the use of AI art as NFT. NFT disclaimer.

Read on to find out more about AI art and how people use it to create NFTs.


Key Takeaways

  • Yes, you can use AI art as an NFT.
  • Creating AI art NFTs does not differ from creating any other type of NFT. The process is the same.
  • The best way to create AI art is using Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, or DALL-E.
  • The best marketplace to sell AI art NFTs is OpenSea and on the Ethereum blockchain.
  • The best way to sell AI art NFT is to build a following on Twitter or a community behind the AI art project.
  • Botto is one of the most successful AI art projects out there.

How To Create AI Art NFTs?

The first step is to create the AI art, after which you must select a marketplace and a blockchain to mint or create your NFT. Here are the full steps:

  • Create AI art with AI art generators such as Midjourney, DALL-E, or Stable Diffusion. These are the most popular ones out there.
  • Usually, the AI art generators create rather small resolution images, so upscale the images to either 2K to 4K resolution. You want your NFTs to look high-quality and not pixelated mush.
  • Choose a blockchain to create your AI art NFT for. Ethereum, Solana, and Binance Smart Chain are all popular options. Ethereum currently holds the top spot as an NFT blockchain.
  • Lazy mint, or create your NFT from the AI art that you created, and you are done

Let’s go through the steps a bit more in-depth. Midjourney is one AI art generator you can use to create high-quality AI art, and there’s an active Midjourney community to help you get started. When you create your artwork, it’s usually a rather small-looking image, and that’s because the resolution tends to be 512 x 512px in size. Some images might be 1024 x 1024 px in size, but still, it’s quite small to be sold as an NFT.

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AI artwork created with Midjourney

You want to upscale your images to a larger size to make the NFT look good when zoomed in. While the image might look good on your computer screen even at 512 px, the reality is that it should be close to Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) or 4K (3840 x 2160 px).

When choosing the blockchain to launch your AI art NFT, you can use services like DappRadar to check what marketplace and blockchain currently have the biggest sales volume or user volume. This gives you an idea of where your NFT might get the most exposure or sales.

A reverse strategy would be to launch your NFT on a marketplace and a blockchain that has a low sales volume or low user base. This might give you an edge as there would be less competition.

As a final step, you need to lazy mint or mint (create) the NFT to the marketplace. You can create your NFT through the marketplace as they have all the needed features and services for you to be able to create your NFT.

Where To Sell AI Art NFTs?

When you have your AI art ready, it’s time to create and sell your NFT from the AI art you have sitting on your computer. The best place to start your research is by going to DappRadar and their NFT marketplace tool.

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From this tool, you can explore what the biggest NFT marketplaces are and which blockchains they either use or support. Currently, OpenSea is the biggest and mainly because of the Ethereum blockchain. Nowadays, OpenSea has been integrating more and more blockchains into their service and already boasts a good number of chains, such as:

  • Arbitrum
  • Avalanche
  • Ethereum
  • Solana
  • Binance Smart Chain
  • Klaytn
  • Optimism
  • Polygon

OpenSea started with Ethereum, and the first chain they integrated with was Polygon and Solana. Now they have expanded to many chains, and this trend will likely continue. This makes OpenSea a good option for your NFT. Even if you would launch your AI art NFT in OpenSea, the blockchain determines where the NFT is available.

So even services like Blur or Looksrare can list your NFT for sale, so the NFT is not tied to only one marketplace, but it is tied to a blockchain.

OpenSea also supports the lazy minting feature. Feature that enables you to publish your NFT to the marketplace, but only when it sells it will be minted, and transaction fees are paid. This feature is useful when you don’t want to mint your NFT if you are unsure it will sell.

How To Sell AI Art NFTs?

Selling NFTs does not differ from selling any other digital product. Here are strategies you can use to sell your AI art NFT:

  • Use Twitter to promote your NFT. Twitter is the place to be when it comes to crypto and NFTs. The bigger the following you have on Twitter, the more likely you can sell your NFT through that platform.
  • Create a community. NFTs tend to have some sort of community element to them. You can sell NFTs without a community, but if you are into communities, setting up a Discord server and gathering people around your art project can increase your probability of selling an NFT.
  • Have some sort of utility attached to your NFT. It might be hard to sell just an AI art NFT, but if you can offer something that comes along with the NFT, you increase your chances of selling quite a lot. You can offer some unique Discord server roles or private channels for NFT owners. If you want to take it to the next level, you can create a DeFi (decentralized finance) solution or a token to work with your NFTs.
  • Collaboration. If you know someone who knows a lot about DeFi or building a community or such, you can collaborate with them. You bring the AI art, and they bring the utility or use cases for the NFTs.
  • Offer your NFTs for free. You can also offer your NFTs for free but make sure you have set up a high royalty percentage for your NFT. So when someone sells your NFT, you get a cut. OpenSea has a roof of 10% royalty per sale. So if you want to get a bigger cut, you might want to check Magic Eden on the Solana blockchain.
  • Giveaways and contests. You can also create giveaways and contests, where you give an NFT in exchange for engagement. Engagement could be tagging friends, liking the tweet, re-tweeting, etc. Something that grows your following and creates engagement surrounding the contest and giveaway. The easiest way is to do this all on Twitter.
  • Engage with other NFT artists. Commenting, liking, and re-tweeting other NFT artists’ works can bring traffic to your profile, and if your AI art is good enough, they will stick with you. This is mostly done on Twitter.

How to make a blue-chip NFT project or a collection to increase sales?

The above list is a strategy on how to sell NFTs. The below list is more like a blueprint for a blue-chip NFT project. A blue-chip collection or a project means that it has a high perceived value. Blue-chip NFT collection can be referenced to a blue-chip stock in traditional finance. Here’s an idea of what blue-chip collections and projects tend to have:

  • Originality
  • Historical significance
  • Innovation
  • Social value
  • Monetary value
  • Utility
  • Community

AI Art NFT Examples To Get Inspiration

Botto (a decentralized autonomous artist governed by the community) is probably one of the most known AI art projects that makes consistent sales in the crypto space.

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Botto (community) has been able to sell their artwork for a very high price. Blossoming Cadaver was sold for 40.326ETH ($184.7k). What should be noted here is that Botto has features of a blue-chip project, such as:

  • Community (the community runs the project, and the community makes decisions on what is being sold, etc.)
  • Utility (Botto has built a BOTTO token that acts as the governance token. Represents community ownership of the artist(Botto))
  • Social value (Owning an artwork by Botto can make you feel like you are part of something bigger and part of a community)
  • Innovation (There are currently rather few decentralized AI art projects that are as successful as Botto)
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Selling AI art NFTs on a smaller scale

Not every AI art NFT project has to be the size of Botto. There are various artists and projects out there that have seen success, such as Anomaly, Eponym by ART AI, and treasures of ai art.

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FAQs About AI Art And NFTs

Can AI-generated art be NFT?

Yes, AI-generated art can be an NFT. NFT can be almost anything, and it’s not just limited to digital entities. While the NFT itself is digital (smart contract with code), you can offer physical items with that NFT. AI art can be an NFT as AI art is digital art that can easily be transformed into an NFT.

Can you use AI-generated art to sell?

Yes, you can sell AI-generated art. There are already plenty of examples of how people are selling AI wall art on Etsy, AI art resources on Artstation, and AI art stickers on Redbubble.

Can I sell AI-generated images as NFT?

Yes, you can sell AI-generated images as NFT (Non-Fungible Token). Remember that AI art does not have copyright protection according to U.S. Copyright Law. So while you can sell AI art as an NFT, anybody can use that art in any way they want as you can’t have ownership of something that was 100% created by a machine.

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I’m a digital artist who is passionate about anime and manga art. My true artist journey pretty much started with CTRL+Z. When I experienced that and the limitless color choices and the number of tools I could use with art software, I was sold. Drawing digital anime art is the thing that makes me happy among eating cheeseburgers in between veggie meals.

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