How to NFT Your Art - Everything you need to know.

Wondering how to NFT your art? For creatives out there, there has never been a better time to turn your masterpieces into ‘non-fungible tokens’. They can be a great way for artists to display their creative prowess with the world. 


NFTs bring a stamp of authenticity to your work - essentially branding your art so nobody else can lay claim on it. 


But as well as creating NFT art from scratch, you can also convert your existing work into NFT form. This easy-to-follow guide will show you how you can do this. 

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Turning art into NFTs - the basics.

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The level of authenticity that NFTs provide can be a major appeal to those wanting to promote their work. It provides a unique identifier to stamp a seal of ownership and can help to promote an artist’s creation with a reduced risk of it being stolen. Here’s a basic run-through of how to NFT your art.

Learn how to create and make NFT art.

Create NFT Art from scratch or turn your artwork into an NFT.

How to turn my art into NFTs.


  1. Select your art - you can convert paintings, digital artwork, songs and videos - almost any digital art you like - into NFTs. Choose your best work to make the most impact online.
  2. Select a blockchain - prior to converting your art into an NFT - choose a blockchain platform. When choosing a blockchain, remember that your NFTs are listable there. Ethereum is a prominent blockchain, as well as some others such as Cosmos and WAX.
  3. Pay the fees - there is normally a cost incurred when you turn your art into an NFT. 
  4. Link to the NFT Platform - next up is choosing a platform to display your NFT.  When you’re a beginner, Rarible is one good option as it’s a very simple process, but others are of course available. 
  5. Set up an NFT artist Account - the only thing you need to do is register yourselves as an artist on the platform. You’ll then be able to upload your art.
  6. Create NFT - this is the stage where your art is actually converted into an NFT. 
  7. You’re all set - once created, you’re free to list your NFT artwork on platforms, with the assurance that you are the owner of the piece.


Before you get started, you’ll need a few key essentials. Here’s a handy checklist:


  • Your art

  • Blockchain

  • Ethereum

  • Platform

  • NFT artist account


The process of adding a unique signature

The name for this is ‘minting’. Once you’ve chosen a platform that has tokenisation, upload the image file. Your art only becomes an NFT when it interfaces with blockchain technology. When assigned a ‘token’, this unique identifier stamps your authentic seal of ownership, making it forgery-proof. You become the sole proprietor of the rights to that work. 


Please note that some formats may have differences to consider that are specific to them.


Turning photos into NFTs.

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Can a photo be an NFT?

Yes. NFTs can be created from a variety of image files, including digital photos. NFTs can also be made from digital artwork, GIFs and more - but rest assured, if your passion is photography, you can get involved with NFTs. 


How to turn pictures into NFTs.

Once you select your preferred choice of platform, it can be surprisingly easy to turn your photo into an NFT:


  1. Select the option that enables you to create an NFT.
  2. Upload picture to tokenise.
  3. Give a unique name to your NFT and add a link to your portfolio/website.
  4. Select a type of collection to categorise your NFT in.
  5. Select if you prefer the NFT to be 1/1 or a semi-fungible token.


If you’re looking to convert your pictures, Adobe Photoshop fully supports identify and provenance for NFTs


How to convert JPG to NFT.

You can transform a JPEG image into an NFT using Adobe Photoshop. In order to do this, however, you will usually need to convert the JPEG to a PNG by going into file > save as PNG. This will then set the stage to export it.


PNG images are more suitable for prepping an image to become an NFT due to their high-quality display in browsers. 


How to turn physical art into NFTs. 

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How to turn drawings into digital art.

Turning drawings into digital art can be as simple as taking a photo of your physical art piece and following the previous steps to tokenise it and turn it into an NFT.


That said, scanning your drawing into a computer, ready for editing and additional touches, can also be highly useful. Once you’ve scanned it in, make sure that you clean it up, vectorise it and add plenty of colour and contrast to really have it stand out. 


Tracing the image using software such as Adobe Illustrator can also be extremely useful here. 


Find out more about turning hand drawings into digital illustrations

How to turn other physical art into digital art. 


  1. Take a high-resolution photo of your creation or scan it into your computer.
  2. Use Adobe Photoshop to edit the image of your artwork.
  3. Get rid of any background areas (if applicable).
  4. Brush up any rough edges.
  5. Use Photoshop to convert pixel images to vectorise images.
  6. Trace your picture.


Converting your digital scans/uploads to NFTs. 

To summarise; you need to choose your blockchain provider, link to the NFT Marketplace, follow the process of ‘minting’ for tokenisation and then you’re free to offer your NFT to the world!

Tips, tricks and useful tools.

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When it comes to NFT-ing your art, there’s some handy hacks to know.


  • NFT in Photoshop - you can convert designs using Adobe Photoshop, with Content Authenticity attributes added. You can also use this software to create original artwork, ready to convert into NFTs. See our guide on how to use Content Credentials for NFTs.

  • Adobe Illustrator - this offers advanced vector-based editing software. Perfect for prepping artwork before converting to an NFT.

Other relevant Adobe Software that can help to convert your art into NFTs:


Adobe Indesign - Ideal for creating layouts and page designs, such as posters.

Adobe XD - Perfect for creating realistic digital designs.

Adobe Animate - Where art meets movement, bringing your work alive.

Adobe Substance 3D - An intuitive staging tool used to construct and assemble 3D scenes, adding an extra dimension to your NFT artwork.


Making NFTs from your art: FAQs

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Can any art be NFT art?

Yes. Think about how broad and varied art itself can be - and know that NFTs cater for the diverse nature of this field. Video, paintings - even audio files - can be converted. Some images have the potential to be 3D animations too.


Is it worth creating an NFT?

It all comes down to what you’re interested in. One of the key assets of NFTs is that they may help to protect your ownership rights over your work, so that you can promote your creations to the world without worrying about theft. We recommend experimenting to see how your artwork fares in the NFT landscape.


What art programme makes NFTs?

Plenty of modern software enables you to make and convert NFTs. The Adobe Creative Cloud suite offers a number of great NFT options, especially when it comes to Photoshop. A plethora of features help bring your designs to life, while there’s functionality that enables NFT conversion.  


Discover more information and guides on NFT design and creation.