When Yuga Labs dropped the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection back in April 2021, it created history in the web3 sector and enlightened the concept of NFTs for the masses. It is one of the most popular examples of a premium 10K NFT collection that not only garnered worldwide attention but also made lots of dollars for initial buyers and investors.

So, if you are wondering what is a 10K NFT collection and how can you create one from scratch, you have landed on the right page. In this article, we are going to discuss everything about 10K NFT collections and go through the process of creating one from scratch. Check out the following sections for all the details!

What is a 10K NFT Collection?

Now, before we dive into the process of creating your very own 10K NFT collection right from scratch, let’s take a look at what it actually is.

A 10K NFT collection is nothing but a collection of 10,000 unique NFTs, specifically artworks, that have been randomly generated by an algorithm using, what is called, “traits”. Think of it as a collection of trading cards in which all the cards follow the same theme but are different from one another.

CoolCats NFT collection
Credit: OpenSea

In a 10K NFT collection, each of the included artworks follows a common theme, whether it is a character or a place, but are different from each other in some way or the other. This is thanks to the different traits that creators use to create and mint the NFTs in their collections.

So, creating a 10K NFT collection is nothing but creating a base artwork and various traits for it that would be overlaid on top of each other to create unique and rare NFTs. Once the base artwork and its traits are created, creators can then use available tools and methods to churn out a collection of NFTs that are unique, unpredictable, and non-reproducible.

The reason why they are called 10K NFT collections is because these NFT collections contain 10,000 digital assets, each with its own real-world value and various other perks.

What Do I Need to Create My 10K NFT Collection from Scratch?

Now that you know what a 10K NFT collection actually is, let’s take a look at what you will need to create one for yourself!

Firstly, you will need your base artwork, be it a physical or a digital version, on top of which you would overlay the traits. It can be a character, place, or anything that comes to your mind. For instance, the base artwork for the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection is the uninterested monkey that appears in all the NFTs in that collection.

Bored Ape Yacht Club Collection
Credit: OpenSea

Once you have your base artwork, you will need to create individual traits for it. These can include the eyes, mouth, nose, ears, background color, logos, headwear, neckwear, and anything that can be overlaid on top of the base artwork to complete it.

Next, you must be able to use image or design manipulation programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Procreate, Canva, GIMP, or Figma. This will allow you to create your base artwork with different layers/traits that can be used to generate NFTs.

You will also need a bit of coding knowledge to deploy an algorithm to create the NFTs in your 10K NFT collection. Although there are tools to do the work with minimal coding, you would still require some basic knowledge about it to successfully create and mint your 10K NFT collection.

Lastly, you must have a crypto wallet that you can use to access NFT generators. One of the best crypto wallets out there is Metamask, which is available as a Chrome extension.

How Can I Create My Own 10K NFT Collection from Scratch?

Now, let’s get down to business and go through all the steps to create a 10K NFT collection. 

However, before we proceed, it is worth noting that we have only provided the basic steps that one needs to go through to create an NFT collection. So, consider this as a mere gist rather than an in-depth guide.

Having said that, check out the following steps to get the basic idea of creating and minting your very own 10K NFT collection from scratch.

Step 1: Create Your Base Artwork and Traits

The first step of creating your NFT collection is to create a base artwork and its traits. For this, you can use any of your preferred image or design manipulation tools (as mentioned above) and your creative imagination.

Make sure to choose a simple character or theme for your 10K NFT collection and design the traits accordingly. While you are at it, do not forget to name all the design elements according to their usage. Additionally, ensure all the elements of your NFT are of the same dimension and more importantly, transparent or in the .png format.

Once you have the finalized base artwork and layers, you are ready to create your NFT collection.

Step 2: Use an NFT Collection Generator

The next step in the process is to use one of the many NFT collection generators available on the web to convert your raw materials (base artwork and traits) into NFTs. These NFT generators can take your files, both image (.png) and metadata (.json) files, and use a pre-defined algorithm to churn out NFTs in bulk.

Genfty NFT Generator
Credit: Genfty

They are programmed to use your NFT character as the base and overlay the trait layers on top of it in random combinations to create a collection of unique artwork. You can also assign a rarity value for each of the traits to make them appear less (or more) in your NFT collection.

Lastly, you need to provide the number of NFTs that you want to include in your NFT collection. As this is a 10K NFT collection we are talking about, you must set the total number of NFTs as ten thousand (10,000).

Step 3: Upload NFTs to IPFS to Attain Your CIDs

Once your NFTs are generated, you need to upload them to the InterPlanetary File System or IPFS. The IPFS is essentially a decentralized, peer-to-peer network for storing and sharing data where your 10K NFTs, along with the source images and metadata, will be stored.

You can upload your NFTs to IPFS with the help of dedicated programs such as Genfty or NFTPort or do it manually using the IPFS platform, which is available for Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu. 

After uploading your NFT collection to IPFS, you will get your Content Identifier or CID. It is basically a label or URL that can be used to locate your uploaded NFT collection in the IPFS directory and is required to mint your 10K NFT collection.

Step 4: Create a Smart Contract to Mint Your 10K NFT Collection

Once your 10K NFT collection is uploaded to IPFS, you are now ready to mint them on a blockchain platform. For this, you need to create and deploy a smart contract for your NFT collection that will act as a digital manager for the collection, keeping track of your NFTs, their ownership, and various other aspects.

Now, creating a smart contract can be a daunting task, especially if you have zero coding knowledge. However, platforms like NFTPort and Genfty can guide you through the entire process and successfully create and deploy your smart contract.

Additionally, it is worth mentioning that you will need to choose a blockchain platform to mint your NFT collection. Although Ethereum is one of the most popular ones, the gas fees for it are much higher than others. So, you can use the Avalanche or Polygon blockchain networks to mint your NFTs with lower gas fees. 

Step 5: Sell and Trade Your 10K NFT Collection

After you create a smart contract and mint your 10K NFT collection on your preferred blockchain network, it will be ready to sell or trade in the open market. While OpenSea is one of the largest markets to sell or trade NFTs, there are various others like Rarible, Mintable, Bollycoin, and many more.

When your 10K NFT collection is listed in the open market, make sure to set a fair price for them. Additionally, you can market it with your very own story and create an exclusive community around it to raise its value over time. Once your community members start connecting with your story and artwork, they will be your biggest ambassadors and promoters.

Final Words

So, this is how you can create your very own 10K NFT collection from scratch and make a name for yourself in the dynamic NFT market. We hope this article helped you get the basic idea for creating your first 10K NFT collection. For more such stories, subscribe to our newsletter.

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