How Many Layers and Traits Do You Need to Make 10,000 NFTs?


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Key Takeaways

  • You need either 4 or 10 layers to create 10,000 NFTs.
  • You need 4 layers/variations of a trait if you have 10 traits (nose, eyes, mouth, hair, accessory, etc.) or 10 layers/variations of a trait if you have 4 traits (skin, eyes, nose, mouth).

The Number Of Layers You Need To Make 10,000 NFTs

You need at least 10 layers with 4 different traits to make 10,000 unique NFTs. You can create 1 layer and create 10,000 NFTs from that, but then all 10,000 NFTs would look the same.

You can think of layers as individual objects or a drawing. One layer would have eyes, one layer would have a nose, and one layer would have hair. Every single layer is a trait. To create traits, you essentially create elements like eyes, nose, hair, clothing, accessory, etc.

When you create different traits, you create variations of the same subject. In digital art, layers are blank canvases that are filled with pixels when drawn to them. So the main point is to create trait variations which are ultimately individual layers.

The number of layers you need to make 10,000 NFTs is 4 or 10 layers. 4 layers/trait variation if you have 10 traits (eyes, nose, hair, skin, etc.). Or vice versa, you need 10 layers/trait variation if you have 4 traits.

  • 1 trait = eyes
  • trait variations/layers = blue eyes, green eyes, brown eyes, etc.
Trait (subject)Layers/variations (10 layers for each trait)
Hairblue, red, brown, green, violet, short, long, light, thick, curly
Eyesyellow, demon, evil, happy, open, closed, squinted, sad, black, blind
Skinalien, red, yellow, dark, pale, ghost, goblin, zombie, scarred, transparent
Clothingjacket, shirt, glass jacket, rubber shoulder pads, leather jacket, racing jacket, space suit, viking armor, ninja outfit, medieval armor
Example table showing 4 traits with 10 layers for each trait. Layers showcase the trait variations, and traits showcase the subject.

The Number Of Traits You Need To Make 10,000 NFTs

You need at least 4 traits with 10 different variations/layers to create 10,000 unique NFTs. You can create 10,000 NFTs with 1 trait, but then all 10,000 NFTs would look the same.

Traits are the same as subjects. A subject can be eyes, mouth, nose, item, weapon, hair, foreground, background, etc.

If you create character NFTs, they usually have the following traits:

  • Background
  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Nose (can be part of the skin layer)
  • Mouth
  • Hair
  • Clothing
  • Item/Weapon/Accessory of some kind
  • Foreground (fire effects, rain, etc.)

So when you are figuring out how many traits you need to make 10,000 NFTs, simply calculate all backgrounds, skins, eyes, noses, etc., together by multiplying them.

Trait name/TraitsAmount of different traits/layers/variations of a trait
Foreground (effects)5
An example table of how many different kinds of traits and layers are needed to create at least 10,000 NFTs

The above table would bring us the following result: 5 x 4 x 10 x 5 x 8 x 10 x 15 x 10 x 5 = 60,000,000. This means we could create 60,000,000 unique and different NFTs from the above set. By decreasing the number of traits or variations/layers, you get fewer unique NFTs.

How To Calculate The Number Of NFTs You Can Create

If you have an idea of how many traits (background, item, face, mouth, eyes, nose, clothing, etc.) you will create per layer, then you can calculate how many NFTs you are able to create from those traits.

(Number of traits) ^ (Number of layers/trait variations) = The number of NFTs

The above formula could be written as 10 traits ^ in 4 layers = 10,000 NFTs

We can also simplify this to the following formula: 10 ^ 4 = 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 10,000 NFTs



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