Lorem ipsum – dummy text, and images

During the process of creating a new webpage you focus on building a layout or a prototype which lines up how the content will appear. On that step in the way to a placeholder for content it is the overall look which is important, not the actual message included in text and images. One common way is to replace readable text with Latin text – Lorem ipsum. It is text which in the eye looks like text with meaning, but is actually non-sense text.

Lorem ipsum – the often used text

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod
tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam,
quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo
consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse
cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non
proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

The above text is used very often, it was produced in Sublime Text 2 editor, where you only have to type “Lorem”+[Tab] to get that text. What if you want to use other style than the latin variant? I have discovered that there exists many online web apps which allows you to create other funny variants. Here are some examples of them, which I found through a post “Got Bored Of Lorem Ipsum?” published on the great website “www.webresourcesdepot.com“.

Bacon Ipsum – http://baconipsum.com/

Bacon ipsum dolor sit amet biltong leberkas chicken filet mignon tail,
tongue meatloaf ball tip pancetta drumstick. Short ribs turducken cow,
corned beef ball tip tenderloin ground round hamburger sausage turkey
doner bacon chicken leberkas. Ham hock frankfurter tail jerky pork loin
pork tri-tip pork belly leberkas pig. Corned beef prosciutto salami pancetta,
venison flank tri-tip capicola ham hock tail cow beef hamburger.

SAMUEL L. IPSUM – http://slipsum.com/

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities
of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name
of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness,
for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children.
And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those
who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers.
And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.

GAG IPSUM, the funny dummy text – http://gagipsum.com/

Gag ipsum dolar sit amet monday y u no grey alcohol the avengers. Le
me angry birds always dead cool german avenger drink computer feel
like a sir rebecca black. I See What You Did There male varius
anonymous yao viverra in mom brother. Read wodka facebook no really?
Pokeman in class strangers on back lose weekend men right. Keyboard
one does not simply woman phone face le derp unsave games nap gag
challenge accepted. Unlock note gentlemen le girlfriend close enough
not okay happy diablo 3 gasp luke morbi.

Bowie Ipsum by Marie Mosley on Codepen.io

The girl on the phone wouldn’t leave me alone. Yes we’re lovers, and that is that. I found my teacher crouching in his overalls. Look at those cavemen go. If she says she can do it, then she can do it, she don’t make false claims. No death for the perfect men.

Cat ipsum – dummy text, cat flavour

Lick the other cats. Dream about hunting birds paw at beetle and eat it before it gets away butlounge in doorway and nap all day paw at beetle and eat it before it gets away for lick butt and make a weird face.

And now also “Dummy (!)”

Why stop there? That may have been the thought of the people about a website which delivers… dummy images: http://lorempixel.com/

You can specify size and optionally also a category where the dummy image should be picked from. The URL which will give you the dummy image is simple and you can easily use it as an API when you create you layouts.

Here is the syntax:


First the URL: “http://lorempixel.com/” followed by the expected size of the image. In the case above it is 400 by 200 px. You may then also select from a set of categories, in this case “sports”. Other options exists, visit the site to see them.

Three examples of lorempixel images:

Sports image of 190 by 108 pxSports image of 190 by 108 px with dummy textSports image of 190 by 108 px

A simpel image with text – “Dummyimage.com”

Another great site for getting dummy images of a specific size is dummyimage.com. I have used that a lot and it works fine for me. However sometimes I have seen a little slow response. You can also specify more advanced features through the URL, but basically the URL is:


Here are two examples:

specify aspect ratio 16:9 and wanted height 108GIF, a background color, foreground color and text specified

So go ahead find your dummy content online using web apps out there!

Added April 2016: Steven Segal dummy immages – finally! :-)


Update: Placebeyoncé – certainly a welcome alternative :-)

I just discovered a new option of “dummy images” – this one will serve pretty Beyoncé images, which can not be bad! Its easy to use, just point to placebeyonce.com and add width-height so here is an example where I fetch a 360×180 dummy image.


Placekitten – warning: cat images are known to take a lot of focus

The pattern for getting cute cat images is:


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