How to view NFTs, from holograms to digital frames


Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the new assets that one wants to show and demonstrate most of all. And why not? After spending millions on NFT art and building a classic NFT collection, you naturally want to display it for everyone to see. In fact, there are several smart and creative ways you can show off your NFTs outside of the virtual worlds.

Both collectors and galleries are looking for new ways to present digital art. Unlike physical traditional art such as paintings and sculptures, which can simply be framed or cased and kept on the mantel, NFT art is somewhat difficult to display. One must show its authenticity, maintain the various defining factors, and convey the true feel of the digital art (be it video, audio, or other types of artwork) while displaying it.

Such is the undeniable madness and hype that methods of presenting an NFT collection are also taking on serious importance. It becomes a way to experiment and get the attention of the NFT community, which helps in buying and selling NFT art.

With increasing interest from celebrities and the attention of famous auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the NFT space is growing unchecked and hence the need to showcase and display your NFTs is also becoming increasingly important in order to stand out from the crowd.

Different ways to view your NFTs

Exhibitions in IRL galleries

Photo credit: Bright Moments Gallery/ @brightmomentsgallery/ Instagram

Taking NFTs out of the digital space, there are physical art galleries around the world that have the infrastructure to exhibit NFT art collections. These galleries have state-of-the-art digital screens that show the artworks and provide all related information.

Art galleries such as Bright Moments Gallery in Venice, Blackdove in Miami, USA, Quantus Gallery in UK, Asia Art Center in Taiwan and Superlative Gallery in Bali’s Superlative Secret Society (SSS) host exhibitions and display artworks by Web3 artists as well as displays curated NFTs from collectors around the world.

Online gallery exhibitions

NFT Display: Online Galleries
Photo credit: ONCYBER/ @oncyber/ Instagram

Not only galleries in the real world, but also the artworks of the digital world call for online art galleries where you can display them in style. These NFT galleries make viewing NFT collections very easy, and there are quite a few of them.

For example, OnCyber, an online art space, allows users to exhibit their crypto art and create their own shows. This requires users to connect their blockchain wallets. To do this, they can choose from the three available options – connect the Ethereum blockchain via the Metamask browser extension, Temple Wallet can grant Solana access to the Tezos blockchain and Fantom. Users can then host an NFT art show to showcase the NFT art on their registered blockchain wallet.

Other similar platforms include names like Showtime, which claims to be the Instagram for NFTs, and Lazy, a digital venture owned by shark tank investor Mark Cuban.

Flaunt them in your feed

Flaunt NFT: Social Media
Photo credit: Screengrab/ Justin Bieber/ Twitter

One thing that absolutely applies to NFTs is, “If you’ve got them, flaunt them.” After you’ve spent millions of dollars on a funky monkey, rare memorabilia, or a cool jelly bean, it only makes sense to keep your collectibles to show up on all your social media platforms.

Get inspired by celebrities like Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton and Eminem displaying their NFTs as profile pictures and sharing them on their Twitter and Instagram feeds. Premium and verified Twitter accounts with blue ticks have the privilege of uploading NFTs as profile pictures, and Meta will soon be rolling out a feature to feature and sell NFTs on Instagram as well.

Frame your NFT memories

Digital frames are perhaps one of the coolest and most elegant ways to display NFTs.

Tokenframe products allow you to print all or some of your NFT collection onto digital frames equipped with anti-glare screens, speakers, rotation capabilities and more. Unlike frames of other artworks, these crypto art frames also show the QR code and give all the information about an NFT, and you can also switch between different ones on the same frame.

What if we said you could print and display videos? Infinite objects make it possible. It offers cool solutions to keep your favorite NFT closer to you by putting the video file in a 12cm x 17cm digital frame. It then plays the video or GIF in a loop forever and doesn’t even need any software to control it.

Another example of cutting-edge technology is the Looking Glass Factory, which offers the most futuristic and stylish solution to show off your digital assets. Mirror Portrait allows users to turn their 3D NFTs into holograms, previously not possible without virtual reality (VR) headgear.

Other smart options include mural canvas, dragon touch frames or using the TokenCast app to create your own NFT gallery.

Display on marketplace shelves

NFT Marketplace
Photo credit: Screengrab/OpenSea

Another lucrative way to display your NFT collection online is by registering your blockchain wallet on NFT marketplaces. These marketplaces provide fun shopping experiences for NFT enthusiasts who can not only display their crypto art here but also see what others are up to in the NFT art space.

Big marketplaces like OpenSea, Rarible, Foundation and SuperRare will also help you get exposure by getting your NFT collection out into the world. You can buy, sell, and mint digital art, interact with other creators and collectors, and be part of the larger NFT community.

Land on the Metaverse

Show NFT: Metaverse
Photo credit: Spatial

NFTs are extremely versatile and their display need not be limited to just a digital framework or NFT marketplace. Crypto art can be easily brought into the digital universe and displayed in the metaverse.

Metaverses like Spatial, Decentraland, Roblox, Sandbox and many others have their own virtual worlds that provide space and platforms where collectors flock to view and showcase their NFTs. Spatial uses VR technology to bring collectors and creators closer to its art galleries, while Decentraland’s 100x Art District is a haven for digital art fanatics.

Like Decentraland, Sandbox allows users to buy virtual land with cryptocurrencies and use it to host NFT art exhibitions and display their collections. It offers a great way to interact with other creators and also sell your art.

Metaverse also hosts various events, such as fashion week, music concerts, and meet and greets where auctions become a big part of selling and buying NFTs, which automatically is an amazing way to showcase your NFTs.

Art invoices and QR codes

Print NFTs
Credit: Angela Pencheva/ @angelapencheva/ Unsplash

Remember the easiest and most convenient way to view NFTs? Print the artworks like any other normal picture and place them in a regular frame of your choice. This was shared by collector Andrew Coathup in 2019 when he received the right to print his NFTs.

The idea is, why would an artwork be limited to just the virtual world or live on screens? You can feel and touch your NFTs by printing them out and then using any QR code generator to output a QR code for the artwork’s URL.

If you want to make it more durable and long-lasting, you can choose aluminum plates. Solid NFT is one such platform that offers a solution. Through a process called sublimation, the NFT is printed onto the aluminum sheet, along with an authentication field on the back, which includes all transaction and ownership details.

(Main & Feature Image Credit: Maxim Hopman/ @nampoh/ Unsplash)


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