NOTE 2023-07-06: AtomicHub, around which this tutorial is based, has changed their system quite a bit in the time since I wrote this. It is still mostly accurate. But it's not going to be a simple step by step as it was originally intended. I'm still leaving it as I hope it will still be helpful. Check back later for an updated tutorial, or perhaps I will write one for OpenSea, since that is what I've been using WAY more lately anyway.
Now back to the tutorial, already in progress.
This tutorial will cover all the steps from creation to posting to selling a brand new NFT. The NFT in question is this one.
Yes. It is for real, and it can be found here.
Before we get started, it should be noted that you will need to at least understand some basics of what NFTs are, and how they can be useful. Since I have already written all of that, I'm not going to do it again here. Because there is already an awful lot to say here, this tutorial is just going to center on making your own NFT and putting it up for sale.
Here is a short list of the steps involved and what we are going to cover. Each of these will have an explanation as we go.
One more thing... There are a LOT of systems, tokens, and methods for making and selling NFTs. I won't even mention them all by name as that would create confusion. We are just going to stick with this one system. The token and the wallet is WAX. The system used for selling is Atomic Hub.
For the Photoshop part
This part I really cannot help with. You can create whatever you want. There are no hard and fast rules on what constitutes a valid NFT. They can be pretty much anything. Animated, flat, static, simple, colorful, whatever you want. It can be a GIF, JPEG, PNG, etc... The example I'm using here is an animated GIF. But this part is entirely up to you. Create a graphic for yourself to use. Just make sure that it really IS YOUR artwork. Don't go stealing someone else's and put it up for sale and expect to not get sued.
Step 1. Create an account
The very first thing you will need to do is create an account.
WAX is the wallet that we will be using. The WAX wallet is a blockchain wallet that is capable of holding both tokens like Wax, and actual NFTs.
Go to: https://all-access.wax.io/
UPDATE 2022-04-02: As of a few weeks ago, it seems that creating this wallet is no longer completely free. You need to deposit 5 WAX into the wallet in order to active it. On one hand this amounts to about $1 so it's not that big a deal. On the other hand, if you don't already know how to deposit WAX into this account, it's not going to be so easy to do so. Follow the instructions on the site. End update.
At this point you will not see much of anything interesting on that site other than that you will have a wallet address. And that wallet is still empty. Your address will look something like d4ld.wam. That address is used by every single system that supports WAX. These systems are called "dApps". And there are a LOT of them. Once your account is ready to go, we will be using one of those dApps now.
Click on the link for dApps on the left. Then find the link for Atomic Hub. (5th down on the right column)
Connect Atomic Hub to your wallet
Find the login button on the top right.
You will see a popup asking how you wish to log in. Click the one for WAX, obviously.
At this point you have a wallet, and you have now linked that wallet to this dApp so that we can start creating! And here we go... Right in the middle on the top, click on NFT Creator. This will take you to a screen that looks like this, except that it won't have 2 of my collections on it. You just need to click on Create New Collection.
Give your collection a name. It must be 12 characters. You cannot use special characters, capitols, or the number 1 (for some reason). The rest is pretty self-explanatory. Also, it can always be updated later. One other important thing here... The Market fee. You get a percentage of any sales that are made on this NFT even after your initial sale. Isn't that nice?
I think it's worth pausing here to explain what a collection is, why it's necessary, and what to expect on the upcoming pages.
All NFTs must belong to a collection. Then there is a hierarchy that defines how the collection is put together. Under collection is Schema. The Schema is what describes what kind of NFTs you are planning on minting for this collection. They could be images, animations, video, audio, text, any sort of media, really. You can have an unlimited number of Schemas in your collection. This is really convenient for creating a number of different sets that are all unique within your collection. In short, the schema has a list of attributes that define what your final NFTs will contain.
Under Schema is the Template. This is convenient for setting some of the information for your NFTs and have much of it preloaded, so you don't need to re-enter it for each one. You can have an unlimited number of templates for each Schema. This is useful if you have a number of different ideas all using the same schema, but use something different like rarity or description, for example.
With that, we are ready for Page 2.