Behance, the creative showcase platform owned by Adobe, announced on Monday that users can now connect their Phantom wallet to their Behance accounts and showcase Solana (SOL) nonfungible tokens (NFTs) on their profiles. Phantom is a Solana wallet built for decentralized finance, or DeFi, applications as well as for NFTs. QuickNode, a Miami-based Web3 infrastructure platform, helped build out this feature with Adobe on Solana.
Behance creators can already display their NFTs minted on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain within their profiles. William Allen, the Adobe vice president leading Behance, explained on Twitter that many of Behance’s users, however, may no longer want to associate with Ethereum due to concerns over its high energy usage and gas costs.
Allen tweeted that Solana is a proof-of-stake chain that addresses these concerns, pointing out that a single transaction on Solana "uses as much energy as a Google search and costs a fraction of a penny."
Phantom echoed the sentiment, tweeting that this integration is "huge" for the Solana creator economy because it allows artists "an eco-friendly and low-cost way to experiment with NFTs."
Behance first enabled its artists to connect their crypto wallet and NFTs to their Behance profile in October 2021. At that time, Adobe also partnered with Rarible, OpenSea, KnownOrigin and SuperRare NFT marketplaces as part of the company's "Content Authenticity Initiative" to protect digital creators by displaying provenance data. Allen added on Twitter that Solana addresses will be added to the Content Credentials tool in Photoshop to combat NFT artwork getting stolen and ensure that proper credit is given.
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QuickNode permits Adobe to rent access to the Solana blockchain, as opposed to building and maintaining its own node. According to the QuickNode website, the company is the top Solana node service provider and it powers more than 50% of the Solana ecosystem.
Update (March 9): In addition to Solana, Behance added functionality on the Polygon network for creators to display NFTs minted on the proof-of-stake chain. This integration with Polygon is powered by the infrastructure provider Alchemy.