Algorithmically generated NFTs are some of the popular collections on the blockchain today. Bored Apes, Crypto Kitties, and Crypto Punks are all algorithmically generated NFT collections – and each one of them has a pretty hefty price tag. 

At first, you may think, “algorithmically generated… that’s far too technical for me.” At first, it may seem a bit cumbersome, but the process of building these collections is actually quite simple. We’ll talk about that later in the series. Today, let’s focus on the tools you need. 

Tool #1: Image Editing Software

Algorithmically generated NFT collections start as layers. You create multiple background layers, multiple base character layers, eye layers, hat layers, lip layers, nose layers, hairstyle layers, and more. 

The more layers you create, the more opportunities your algorithm has to create something unique – considering most algorithmically generated collections have around 10,000 unique pieces of art, you’re going to want quite a few layers. 

Nonetheless, the best way to create those layers is using a piece of editing software like Photoshop. If you don’t have Photoshop and don’t want to pay for it, don’t worry. MyPaint is a free alternative that’s just as effective for this purpose. 

Tool #2: Software

You also need some software to create the algorithm and let it do its thing. There are two pieces of software you need, including:

  • Node.js. Node.js allows you to access and edit code that will be used in the creation of your algorithm. 
  • Visual Studio. Visual Studio is a coding platform. 

Again, I know this all seems a bit cumbersome. Don’t worry. Later in this series, we’ll tell you how to use everything and it’s actually quite simple. 

Tool #3: Quick Training on Code

Finally, you need a bit of code training. Ultimately, you’re either copying and editing a code that already exists or writing your own. Although I prefer the copy and paste method, you’ll still need to know how to edit your code. 

The training is actually quick and painless. You can get it for free in this YouTube video

Tool #4: An NFT Marketplace

Finally, you need somewhere to mint your NFTs. So, you’ll need to find an NFT marketplace. With a collection, you don’t want to go to a marketplace that focuses on one-off art-only NFTs. Instead, consider using OpenSea or another large multi-faceted marketplace.

That’s All for Today

That’s all for today. Get the tools mentioned above, dig through them a bit, and familiarize yourself before moving on to Chapter 3. Chapter 3 starts next week. Don’t miss out! 

Pro Tip. The tools on this list are tools that are an absolute must to create utility NFTs. There are several other tools available, some free, others with a price tag. Nonetheless, there’s no shame in trying out new tools with compelling features to help bring your art to the next level and captivate your audience.