How To Create NFT Art For Free | Tokenfy Guide For Beginners

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An NFT creator can earn up to thousands of dollars for a single artwork. However, digital creators may feel intimidated by the process of turning their art pieces into non-fungible tokens.

There’s also a general perception that turning a piece of art into an NFT can be expensive. In reality, it’s easy to make an NFT for free from your PC or mobile device!

How do you create an NFT art without paying transaction fees? Read our simple step-by-step guide to find out how you can make NFTs for free. We’ll teach you the basics of minting and selling artwork on blockchains online.

How To Create NFTs On Multiple Platforms

An NFT creator can make, sell, and promote their pieces on different minting platforms. Read these guides to learn how!

What Is An NFT?

Non-fungible tokens a.k.a. NFTs are digital tokens found on different types of blockchains. While you can exchange cryptocurrencies with each other, non-fungible tokens are unique and have their own digital certificates of ownership.

Many people are familiar with NFT artwork, but in reality, many types of content can be minted into NFTs. These are examples of digital content that have been turned into NFTs:

  • 3D model files
  • Audio files
  • In-game collectible items like character outfits, weapon skins, and custom backgrounds
  • Virtual land, such as the plots that users on Axie Infinity purchase

Make Sure You Actually Want To Sell An NFT

Making NFTs can be incredibly lucrative, but there are other factors that digital creators need to consider first. One major factor is transaction fees. While we’ll be teaching you how to create and mint NFT art for free, keep in mind that many popular marketplaces will charge you an upfront cost for minting and listing your work.

Note that selling your digital file is a transaction on a blockchain and these transactions cost fees known as gas. The majority of transactions successfully push through after paying gas, and paying a higher fee increases your chances of success. But if your transaction fails, you won’t get the gas fee refunded to your crypto wallet.

Another serious consideration is the energy consumption of blockchain technology. Virtually every popular marketplace for NFTs runs on the Ethereum blockchain, and Ethereum uses a system known as “proof of work”. This system can be very energy-intensive because of the processing power it needs for transactions like minting authorizations.

If you’re creating NFTs and selling them, you’re making a big carbon footprint on the environment. While some blockchains have been working on switching to the proof-of-stake system to curb the environmental damage, these changes are far from fully operational.

How To Create An NFT For Free

Ready to get started on making NFTs for free? Follow these basic steps so you can mint your work and put it up for sale!

Choose A Platform To Sell Your NFT On

There are multiple platforms where you can sell your NFTs. Some will let you mint for free, but charge you one-time initialization fees so you can start creating and selling. Others charge you for minting but will let you create an account and list your work for free. Note that many platforms will also charge you for any sales you make.

Keep these charges in mind so you can choose a platform that best suits your project budget. We strongly recommend that you choose a blockchain that charges lower gas fees and allows lazy minting to lower your creation costs.

When you choose lazy minting, you can make your NFT and mint it onto the blockchain without paying an upfront gas fee. Instead, the gas fee will be added to the gas fee you’ll pay for transferring the NFT to a buyer. This is a good way to avoid spending gas on NFTs that aren’t a sure sell.

Create A Crypto Wallet Account

A cryptocurrency wallet is used to hold NFTs and cryptocurrency coins for selling, buying, and trading. Create a wallet that’s compatible with your chosen blockchain for NFTs.

A MetaMask wallet is popular with many digital creators because it can be used as a mobile app or an easy-to-connect browser extension. It also has seamless compatibility with Ethereum-based blockchains. Other creators may choose to set up a Coinbase wallet because they support non-Ethereum blockchains like the popular Bitcoin.

Note that crypto wallets will ask you to make a unique username and password. They will also give you a series of 12 random words for additional security. This is known as a seed phrase, and it can be used to regain access to your account in case you forget your password.

Write your seed phrase down on a piece of paper and keep this information secure, because if you lose your seed phrase and password, you’ll permanently lose access to your wallet’s coins and NFTs. We strongly recommend doing this instead of storing it digitally, as hackers may steal your seed phrase to access your MetaMask or Coinbase wallet.

Connect Your Wallet

Link your compatible wallets to your chosen marketplace. For example, if you have a MetaMask wallet browser extension, a pop-up message will appear asking to connect to your wallet. Other wallets allow you to connect by scanning a QR code.

Keep an eye out for unusual requests to connect to your wallet, especially if they happen while browsing unfamiliar sites. These may be hackers trying to gain access to your coins and NFTs.

Create An NFT

Once you’ve finished connecting your crypto wallet, it’s time to create your NFT. Go to your platform’s creation page and check your options for creating a single NFT or a whole collection.

Take a look at the file restrictions on your chosen platform before diving into the creation process. Many have restrictions on the types of digital content you can upload, as well as permitted file formats. They also usually have rules on file size, so keep this in mind before uploading.

When you figure out all the platform restrictions, you can start creating and customizing your NFT art through image editing programs. You can use applications like Adobe Animate, VSCO, or GoArt to make unique art pieces. Some creators start by editing digital photos, while others make digital illustrations that show off their distinct style.

Uploading Your Art

Once you’ve finished editing or drawing your digital artwork, you can upload the file to your chosen platform. Give your file a unique name and look at the necessary descriptor fields. If there’s an external link field, you can add a link to your main social media account, portfolio of artwork, or an info page with more details about your NFT.

Use description fields to help your potential buyers learn more about the NFT they’ll purchase. For example, if it’s an edited photo of a cityscape, you can give more info about the location and what inspired you to choose it. If it’s mixed-media work, you can give details about the materials you used and when you created your work.

Sell Your NFT Art

Once you get a notification that your NFT was successfully uploaded and minted, you can put it up for sale. Choose your preferred listing option available on your platform. The typical option is a fixed-price listing, but you can also choose to have a timed auction or open bidding.

This is also the stage where you can set royalty fees for subsequent sales. This entitles you to a small percentage of every future sale of your NFT. Note that the default royalty fee for most marketplaces is set at 10%.

Once you’ve set all your sale process options, select “complete NFT listing” or a similar option. Now your NFT art is up for sale!

Key Takeaways

Creating NFTs for free is a simpler process than you think! Using mobile apps or editing programs, you can quickly make a digital artwork and mint it into an NFT ready for selling. The trick to keeping it free is to choose lazy minting, so you only have to pay gas when someone wants to buy your NFT.

If you need help putting together your crypto project, check out our other crypto guides on Tokenfy. We’ll walk you through the minting process, give tips for the best marketplaces, and guide you through making a cohesive NFT collection.

Creating An NFT Art For Free FAQs

How do you make an NFT artwork?

Making an NFT artwork needs only a camera, an image editing program, or a combination of both. If you’re making NFT art from a digital photo, you start by taking a photo with your camera. Then you can apply filters, effects, or use other custom tools to make it unique before minting it into an NFT.

If you’re creating NFT art from scratch, you’ll need an image editing program that allows you to draw on a canvas. You can add visual elements to it like text and other images. After that, you simply mint it into an NFT on your desired platform.

Do I have to create my NFT on a marketplace?

You don’t have to create your NFT on a marketplace. If you have advanced knowledge of crypto transactions and coding, you can create your own smart contract and deploy your NFT on your chosen blockchain. Then you can mint your NFTs without using a marketplace site. However, this is a very technical option, and we don’t recommend it unless you’re familiar with blockchain development.

How much does it cost to create an NFT?

The cost of creating NFTs will depend on your platform’s fees. If your desired platform offers lazy minting, you can mint your NFT for free. If there’s no lazy minting option, the cost will depend on the gas fees for a successful minting.

Gas fees will vary by blockchain and the transaction volume for that day. We suggest you choose slower trading days and times to keep your minting costs down.

How do you sell NFT art for free?

You can’t sell NFT art for free because most platforms will charge you gas fees, even if they offer lazy minting. However, some newer marketplaces like Mintable are starting a free sales process to reduce the entry barrier for artists into the crypto art market. If you don’t want to pay a marketplace for selling your NFT, you can apply to one of these free platforms instead.

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