If you’re putting together a design example, it always helps to have convincing placeholders. Whether you’re piecing together a mockup of a website or an advert draft, getting the layout right is always important. Here are 3 simple solutions which can help you generate image placeholders so you can quickly communicate your layout. All 3 allow you to define the size of your placeholder and to download the image, but each comes with its own little benefits.
1. How to have an image placeholder with descriptive text
The Dynamic Dummy Image Generator is a simple generator which allows you to describe the placeholder and scale it to an actual size so people understand what they’re supposed to be looking at. Although not aesthetically the best solution, This is often the most straightforward and will eliminate any confusion as to what the the image should actually be.
2. How to use color to represent your image placeholder
If you’re personally stepping a client through a presentation, the Color Random Image Generator can help to make it much more pleasant to look at as it allows you to choose between different shades of oil painting textured colors to represent your idea. The only drawback though is that it can be ambiguous as to what you’re supposed to be looking at, but if you’re walking a client through the layout, it shouldn’t matter.
3. How to use beautiful photos as image placeholders
Flickholdr creates lovely placeholders simply by grabbing a random picture with relevant tags. So tell it what your picture should be, and it automatically sources a relevant photo for you which you may then use as a placeholder. The only major drawback to this is that sometimes – Flickr tags may be very general and although you’re assured of a gorgeous image, you may find yourself tweaking tag names to find a truly relevant image.