How to Create and Sell NFTs for Free. It’s easier to create an NFT for free than you’d think, here’s how. A lot of people have asked me in recent days how they can create and sell NFTs (non-fungible tokens), so I decided to write this tutorial on how you can mint (and hopefully sell) an NFT for free, with absolutely no gas fees or other costs to you.
In this tutorial, I’ll share how to create an NFT for free. It’s easier to create, or ‘mint’, an NFT than you may think, and just as simple to do for free. For this tutorial, I’ll be focusing on creating a single NFT artwork, and not minting generative NFTs or an NFT collection.
Can you make NFT for free and get rich in 2022? This means that while creating an NFT is free, selling it is not, and the users can adjust the cost in the selling price of their NFT. OpenSea is a popular platform that is trusted by a large number of NFT traders.
While you can create NFTs on your computer or laptop, you can even mint NFTs on your mobile. Best NFT apps to create and sell NFT on your iPhone, for example, enable you to create an NFT on the go; or see how your collection is doing as well as track NFTs on various blockchains. With that in mind, some of the steps below for creating an NFT for free are applicable, but I’m using a desktop browser and Wacom Studio tablet.
How to Create NFTs for Free
Time needed: 2 hours.
Create Your NFT For Free in 2 Hours
- Creating a crypto wallet account
You’re going to need a cryptocurrency wallet to set up an account on any NFT marketplace in order to create your NFT. We’re choosing Metamask as it’s one of the most widely used and accessible. There are alternatives, such as Coinbase wallet.
When you create your wallet account you’ll be given a 12-word ‘seed phrase’, this is your unique password. Keep it safe and don’t share it anywhere, the seed phrase acts as your security code (handy if you forget your password).
- Making an account on an NFT marketplace
For this tutorial, I’m creating an account on Rarible, but the same approach applies to any NFT marketplace. Read my guide to the Best NFT marketplaces to buy and sell NFTs right now.
Once you set up our account (adding a user name, photo, bio, etc.) link your Metamask account to your Rarible account by following the instructions. Linking your two accounts ensures your NFTs will appear in your wallet and all transactions can be easily completed (you’ll need to go into Metamask’s settings to automatically bring in your NFTs). My Metamask account also acts as my Rarible login.
Spend some time personalizing your NFT marketplace account, adding a banner image, and linking to your social media accounts. The more time spent ensuring your socials are connected the better; you’ll find your art is more visible the more time you take to add detail to your page.
- Painting or designing your art
For this guide on how to create an NFT for free, I quickly create a new piece of art. I google some random photo references and create a sketch using the painting app Rebelle 5; it’s quick and I’m not focusing on detail but a general sense of the face and proportions. (The best UI design tools for every designer today)
An NFT can be any digital file so create the art you enjoy making, but here I’m choosing a digital painting. I save the new painting as a jpeg and prepare to upload it to my new NFT marketplace account and mint it as an NFT.
- Uploading your art
It’s time to upload my art and begin creating an NFT for free. These NFT marketplace sites like Rarible have very user-friendly guides to uploading your art and the process is generally the same (some select NFT marketplaces may want to verify you, and this can take a few days). Click the Create tab in the top right of your account and continue.
You’ll now need to choose a blockchain. On Rarible there are four choices, including the new low-carbon cryptos Flow, Tezos and Polygon. (Reasons why you should learn Blockchain development today)
- Choosing free minting
The next options help you decide the value and type of NFT you’re creating, for example, choose Single to create a one-off unique NFT or Multiple to mint a series of NFTs to create a collection. Set the price, add a name and description, and make sure you switch Free Minting to ‘On’.
Free minting, or lazy minting, enables you to put the fees for minting onto the buyer so you won’t be charged. Usually, you’re charged ‘gas fees’ – the cost of transacting on the blockchain – to mint an NFT. The unit of gas is called a ‘Gwei’. Depending on the traffic on the blockchain as you’re minting the fee can increase or decrease; the greater the traffic the higher the cost. Often it can be cheaper in the late evening or early morning.
- The NFT is minted (Completion)
On Rarible, when the NFT is minted you get a lovely explosion of digital confetti. Now the real work begins. It’s best to social and posts about your new NFT as soon as possible. You can link the new NFT directly to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels from within the NFT marketplace.
You see, minting an NFT for free is easy but there are some things you need to know; the advantage of free minting enables you to quickly create an NFT for free but it can have some drawbacks as NFT marketplaces tend to make ‘normal’ NFTs more visible. Because of this, you’ll need to make more of your own social channels for promotion. You can find this NFT on Raribl to see how it looks in the wild.