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How do I use the Async Standard Template?
How do I use the Async Standard Template?

A step-by-step guide to creating programmable or autonomous art

Written by Async Art
Updated over a week ago

The Standard template enables creators to make autonomous or programmable artwork.

Step 1

Start a new project by clicking "+New Piece" on the Async Canvas dashboard. You will be required to choose between the Standard and Blueprint templates. Click Custom to build your interactive artwork from scratch. Select Day/Night to compose a piece that changes every 12 hours or 24-hour to compose a piece that updates hourly.

Step 2

Choose the dimensions of your Layered artwork from the following: 2k Widescreen, 2k Portrait, and Custom.

Step 3

Upload your artwork. Layered components should be uploaded as static images in .jpg or .png format. The image files, layered on top of one another, will account for the various Layers and States that make up the artwork.

Tip: A partially or entirely transparent PNG file enables you to create a partially or entirely invisible State.

Step 4

In the Upload step, you will see the default first Layer. If you wish to add more Layers, click "+Add New Layer" button right above.

After adding in the appropriate number of Layers for your creation, click the ‘Setup’ button beside each individual Layer to add details and images.

Step 5

  • Inside Setup, choose the Layer Type:

    • Multi-State: this particular layer will have multiple States, giving its new owner various options to modify the Layer. The Multi-State Layer will become an individual NFT that can be owned and traded.

    • Static: this Layer has only one possible State, so its appearance will never change and it cannot be interacted with. It will not available to purchase as an individual NFT, so cannot be owned and traded.

  • Select Blend Mode: choose a Blend Mode or leave it as "Normal". (See: What are Blend modes? for more info.)

  • Layer Title: add an identifiable and relevant title for each Layer.

  • Layer Description: describe what visual elements appear on this Layer. Make this as detailed or simple as you wish.

  • State Title: add an identifiable and relevant title for each State. If you wish to add more States, click "+Add Another State".

Step 6

Test your artwork. Click "Test Your Piece" and your artwork will be uploaded to the Tester tool. This will open a separate tab where you can preview any Layer and State combinations, ensuring everything is showing up properly.

Note: you can test your piece as many times as you like. If you’ve recently changed your Layers, you’ll need to refresh them before opening the preview by choosing the "Refresh Layers" option.

Step 7

Add a cover image for each non-static Layer. Each image should be a square ratio. Be creative here, think of the cover as its own piece of art.

Step 8

Add the Master Details. Add the title of your Master and a description, then select a minimum of two category tags.

Step 9

Submit your artwork. In this final step, you will have a chance to review your artwork, edit the details, and add any collaborators. Finally, hit submit.

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