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10 Dummy Image Generators for Web Designers

By Sam Deering



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Rather than creating these placeholder images manually, there are free to use services which can automate the process and save us time. Here is a list of 10 Dummy Image Generators for instant dummy images. Particularly useful for the keen Web Designer who doesn’t who likes to produce rapid prototyping designs with different layouts or responsive image layouts. Enjoy!

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Update: 20/06/13: Added pixelholdr. Put to top of list.

1. pixelholdr

I’ve put pixelholdr to the top of the list because it searchs Flikr with your keyword(s) and grabs a placeholder image for you. nice.

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1. fakeimage

A dummy image generator a la, but written in Ruby.



2. Random Image Generator

It is a free tool that will generate placeholder or dummy images in your specific dimensions. The images are randomly generated abstracts.

Random Image Generator

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3. Ipsum Image

Placeholder image generator running completely on Google services, intended for assisting with initial layouts of web designs before actual images are available.

Ipsum Image

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4. Dynamic Dummy Image Generator

Works with Flash applications. Images are served with a specified Content-Length so they can be used in pre loaders.

Dynamic Dummy Image Generator

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5. Textmate – snippet for inserting dummy images

A quick textmate snippet for inserting dummy images from


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6. Dummy Image Bookmarklet

A handy little bookmarklet (or favlet) that uses the site to create a place holder graphic.

Dummy Image Bookmarklet

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7. DIG (Dynamic Image Generator) 1.0.0-beta2

This is snippet is intended to be used as a placeholder for development and mockups, placeholder images allow you to define the size and location of images in your design without worrying about what the images will be.


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8. [lorem] shortcode

The plugin contains two shortcodes, [lorem] and [loremimage], the [loremimage] shortcode can be nested in the [lorem] shortcode. Supported parameters, all are optional.


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9. Dummy Image Generator

Fine placeholder images for web designers.

Dummy Image Generator

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FPO means For Placement Only and is commonly used for providing a placeholder image where actual content will reside in a publication, website, or similar.

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Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.

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