I'm a coder and I have to test forms with images uploads. So I need some pleasant-looking dummy images, scenery or something. I'm looking for something like lorem ipsum for images.

I found this http://dummyimage.com/ but it's not what I'm looking for.

Is there something like this?

If not, I will make one.

  • do you want images with certain resolution? file type (like png, jpeg etc)? or just bulk images? – CoderHawk Aug 31 '10 at 11:52
  • what about flickr images? – CoderHawk Aug 31 '10 at 12:13
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    Another placeholder service is Placehold.it, but since you said DummyImage wasn't what you're looking for I assume the former isn't either? – Gelatin Aug 31 '10 at 12:54
  • That's a great idea. You could specify what kind of content the image should be and the size and the tool would randomly give you a landscape, a portrait, an object, etc. – mbillard Aug 31 '10 at 14:29
  • Yes these should be the options a user can specify just leave blank. Number of pics, Resolution (even in range), File type, Category (Scenery, Model, Vehicle, etc..) and what else? Once user generates it, a series of pics will be shown. User can download some or all pics in a zip file or individually. That'd be nice. :) – Moe Sweet Aug 31 '10 at 17:53

Google - Advanced Image Search

All required parameters are available
Search keyword input - Scenery, Model, Vehicle etc
Content Types
Exact Size
Aspect Ratio
File Types - Jpg, Gif, Png and Bmp
Domain - try flickr or picassa if you want images from specific domain
User Rights - you might want to choose "labeled for commercial reuse"
Safe Search

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  • The closest answer :) – Moe Sweet Sep 4 '10 at 4:56

The Lenna image is a pleasant looking standard test image. It's free to use if you have to give it out as well. Or if it's just for internal testing, you could grab some from the Flickr interesting pool - just make sure you don't use them in any live projects unless the licence allows it.

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    In American workplaces, an image of a model from Playboy Magazine might cause a problem with the Sexual Harassment Policy. Before using the image, you might want to run it by HR or your boss, with full disclosure on the source of the image, and note the historical merits of this standard test image. Contrast this to Lorem Ipsum, which is intentionally nonsensical and non-offensive. – Stefan Lasiewski Aug 31 '10 at 21:36
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    If you get a sexual harassment issue because of using Lenna as a test image, you can bet you'll get a ton of worldwide-support from the developer community. The (cropped) Lenna pic is The standard test image. – Epaga Sep 1 '10 at 8:18
  • I don't want to argue, I'm not sure that the management or HR department cares much about the history of this photo or the worldwide support of the developer community. – Stefan Lasiewski Sep 2 '10 at 17:18

Search through the Creative Commons-licensed images uploaded to Flickr. By default it allows

[...] for commercial use, adaptation, modification or building upon

Or just use Yahoo! Image Search where you can narrow down not only the license, but size and colour as well.

But no bulk download options available.


Dummy is a newish tool that includes a library of images, plus other useful prototyping features. Check out the author's screencast.

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