You’re an artiste. You believe the NFT hype. So what now?
Robert Martin of Kapwing has just the tutorial for you! (Watch the step-by-step video below.)
Martin starts at the very beginning for true NFT newbies, breaking down the acronym and explaining the value of nonfungibe tokens — so if you want to get to the “doing it” part, start the video at 1:41.
Get That Crypto Cash
In this case, beginning at the start means ensuring you’ve got some cryptocurrency of your very own and a digital wallet to store it, as well as your NFT(s). In this demo, Martin downloads the Ethereum-friendly Rainbow wallet, but other popular options are are MetaMask and Coinbase.
Once he uploaded some $$$ to Rainbow, Martin then connected his crypto wallet to the Rarible NFT marketplace via Wallet Connect.
(Remember that there’s also a fee to create crypto art. This charge is known as a “gas fee” or energy surcharge, and the rate fluctuates regularly and sometimes wildly, just like crypto — and gasoline prices. Martin doesn’t cover this in the video, but in his how-to guide, he recommends visiting Optimist’s NFT Gas Station to check the going rates on various marketplaces before choosing the winner.)
Mint to Make a Mint (Maybe)
Next up is the actual NFT creation AKA “minting.” Martin went with a cheeky image of a coin labeled NFT (his first NFT was a recreation of The Comedian 🍌 from Art Basel). Rarible works for TXT, JPG, PNG, MP3, and GIF files.
Once he uploaded the NFT coin image to Rarible, the marketplace prompted him to decide things like the price for an instant sale, royalty rates, and whether there will be additional perks associated with the sale of the NFT.
Click Create (on Rarible anyway), and it will list your NFT as available on the marketplace. The next step is to wait for the bidding war to begin.
And now for the most important part: What will be your first NFT, and why will it be a cat?
Other excellent resources to learn about NFT minting:
- Step By Step Guide To Mint An NFT (101 Blockchains)
- Jeremy Deller Mints His First NFT (The Art Newspaper)
- How To Mint an NFT (Coin Market Cap)