How To Make AI Art Into An NFT

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Key Takeaways

  • First, select a marketplace and a blockchain you would like to create your NFT into.
  • OpenSea marketplace and Ethereum blockchain are the most popular choices, but they are also heavy with competition.
  • Paras marketplace on the NEAR blockchain might offer less competition yet lower sales volume too.
  • Create a digital wallet for the blockchain you’ve chosen.
  • Set details and price for your NFT and either mint the NFT or use lazy mint to get your NFT up for sale.

Choose NFT Marketplace

Choosing an NFT marketplace can be a bit tricky as the blockchain space keeps on innovating, but it’s important to do your research and find one that fits your needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Look for a marketplace with a good reputation and a track record; one that we can recommend is OpenSea. You can check out online forums or do a quick Google search to see what people say about different NFT marketplaces.
  • Consider the types of NFTs that are being sold on the marketplace. Some marketplaces focus on specific types of digital art, for example, while others may have a wider variety of items
  • Take a look at the fees and commissions that the marketplace charges. These can vary quite a bit from one marketplace to another, so it’s important to know how much you’ll be paying when you create/mint your NFT
  • User experience is also important, some marketplaces offer a lot of features for new NFT creators, and once again, OpenSea is one that is super easy to use and get familiar with
  • Does the marketplace support multiple blockchains?
  • Is a marketplace too crowded, or could a smaller marketplace be better for your NFTs?
    • OpenSea and Ethereum blockchain is the most crowded marketplace and blockchain. Paras on the NEAR blockchain might be a better option to mint your AI art NFT
  • Finally, don’t be afraid to try out a few different marketplaces and see which one you like best. It’s always good to have options!

Popular NFT marketplaces to mint your AI art to:

  • OpenSea
  • Blur
  • Magic Eden
  • X2Y2
  • LooksRare
  • Immutable X Marketplace
  • AtomicMarket
  • Paras

Choose A Blockchain To Create The NFT To

The most popular blockchain for NFTs currently is Ethereum, but it’s always good to do your research and see if there’s another blockchain that might work better for you. Consider the following aspects when choosing a blockchain to mint your NFT:

  • Sales volume
  • User volume
  • Overall trend and whether a marketplace is trending up or down in transaction volume
  • Cost to mint/create an NFT
  • The average transaction costs in the blockchain

Popular blockchains to choose from for NFTs:

  • Ethereum
  • Solana
  • Binance Smart Chain
  • Polygon
  • NEAR
  • Immutable X
  • Avalanche
  • Metis

You can find a lot of these metrics from DappRadar. You can also read our article about the costs of creating an NFT collection where we go through the different blockchains and the associated costs.

Create A Digital Wallet

A digital wallet is just like a regular wallet, but instead of storing physical cash and cards, it stores digital information, like your cryptocurrency and other digital assets.

It’s a software program that stores your public and private keys and also allows you to send and receive digital assets like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others. It can be installed on your phone or computer or as a browser extension (hot wallet), but it can also be a USB drive (cold wallet).

Hot Wallet

Hot wallets are convenient to use because you can access them from anywhere and anytime, and you can easily send and receive coins. Most exchanges and online platforms use hot wallets to store the assets of their users.

Think of a hot wallet like a checking account, it’s easy to access and use, but it’s not recommended to store large amounts of assets in it. One of the most popular hot wallet providers is MetaMask.

Creating a MetaMask wallet is pretty straightforward to do. Here’s a quick rundown of the steps you’ll need to take:

  • First, go to the MetaMask website and get a browser extension. You can get it for Chrome, Firefox, Brave, and Edge
  • Once the extension is installed, click on the MetaMask icon in your browser. This will bring up a welcome screen where you can create a new wallet or import an existing one
  • To create a new wallet, click on the “Create a Wallet” button. You’ll then be prompted to create a password. Make sure it’s something you’ll remember but also something hard for others to guess
  • After that, you’ll be given a seed phrase. This is a string of words that you’ll use to restore your wallet if you ever lose access to it. Make sure to write it down and store it in a safe place
  • Once you’ve done that, you’re all set up! You’ll be able to see your wallet address, which is like your digital bank account number. You can use this address to receive and send cryptocurrency and other digital assets

Cold Wallet

A cold wallet is just like a regular digital wallet but with an extra layer of security. It’s called a “cold” wallet because it’s not connected to the internet. Think of it like a safe where you store your valuables, like cash or jewelry.

Basically, it’s a way to keep your cryptocurrencies and digital assets offline, so they can’t be hacked or stolen. Instead of storing your coins on an exchange or an online wallet, you can store them in a cold wallet, which you can physically disconnect from the internet.

Usually, cold wallets are USB drives; one of the biggest cold wallet providers is Ledger.

So if you’re serious about keeping your digital assets safe, a cold wallet is a good option to consider.

Blockchain-based wallets

Not every blockchain uses MetaMask, even though many do. Below is a list of different digital wallets for different blockchains:

Digital wallet (hot wallet)Blockchain
MetaMaskEthereum, Polygon, Avalanche, Binance Smar Chain, Fantom etc.
Exodus, Daedalus, Eternl, Yoroi Cardano
Exodus, Phantom, AtomicSolana
NEAR WalletNEAR
polkadot.jsPolkadot
Examples of different digital wallets for different blockchains

Creating An AI Art NFT

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Different details, properties, levels, and stats you can add to your NFT in OpenSea

The creation process starts with you connecting your digital wallet to the marketplace you’ve chosen. From the digital wallet, you have to choose the correct chain to work with, and only then you are ready to start creating an NFT on the marketplace of your choosing.

When you’re creating an NFT on OpenSea, there are plenty of different attributes and information you can add to the NFT to help people find and learn more about your NFT.

Here are a few examples:

  • Name: Give your NFT a unique name
  • Description: Write a brief description of what your NFT collection is all about
  • Images: Add a banner image to your NFT collection (the NFTs will be minted under this collection)
  • Metadata: Add any other information you think is relevant, such as a link to your website or a social media handle such as Twitter

Keep in mind that these attributes are not mandatory, and you can choose which ones to add and which ones to leave. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for people to find and learn about your NFT collection and NFTs.

Minting Your AI Art NFT

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An example AI art NFT lazy minted to Ethereum blockchain using OpenSea marketplace

When you’ve chosen the marketplace and the blockchain to use, it’s time to mint/create your AI art NFT. One way to price your AI art NFT is to research competition and see what others charge for their AI art NFTs.

OpenSea offers an option like lazy minting, which is especially useful when you are minting an AI art to the blockchain but do not yet have a buyer for the NFT.

Lazy minting is kind of like a “create as you go” approach for NFTs. Instead of minting all your NFT, you create a “template” on the blockchain that holds all the information about your NFT, like the name, description, and image.

When someone makes an offer to buy your NFT (and you accept the offer), only then will the minting take place, and the NFT will be minted to the blockchain.

Conclusion

When you start with NFTs, we recommend using OpenSea and testing how the NFT creation works. Every other marketplace in different blockchains tends to follow the same procedures you see in OpenSea. Ethereum is the most expensive chain to use, so using a chain like Solana or Binance Smart Chain is much more affordable.

With these more affordable chains, you can play around more and don’t have to pay high gas fees (transaction fees for using a blockchain).

Do market research, check what the competition is doing and how they price their AI art NFTs and start creating NFTs.

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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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