There is often a huge misconception that technical skills are required in order to participate in the NFT space or to conduct seemingly complicated processes like minting. This belief is most times, far from the truth. The process of minting NFTs on a marketplace is no harder than creating an account on your favourite social media network. That said, let’s dig into what it entails.
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are made through a process called ‘minting’. It is important to note that the creation of the image behind the NFT is different from the minting process. Minting only entails the process of uploading a potential NFT image (within the context of NFT graphics) and circulating the image on the blockchain. So for example, if you were to create your digital artwork and you decide to mint it as an NFT, the process of drawing out the artwork is not the minting process. The minting process is concluded at the stage where you turn your artwork into a crypto collectible and release it into the NFT marketplace to be hosted on a blockchain.
Several blockchain networks support the minting of NFTs. Those networks include Solana, Flow, Wax, Ethereum, and Binance Smart Chain. On a wider scale, Ethereum is the most widely used blockchain network for minting NFTs.
The process of creating an NFT differs depending on the platform involved. Multiple platforms let users mint and sell NFTs. As such, it is virtually impossible to cover all platforms within this guide. However, the process that will be discussed is based on OpenSea, which is one of the most popular NFT marketplaces. This course will discuss the intricacies of NFT marketplaces in subsequent sections.