Inspired by the website PlaceHold.it. Image Placeholder Server is a web design tool that provides place holder images with user-defined dimensions and colours. The server depends on the Python Imaging Library but it does not require an active Internet connection.
Image Place Holder
With an instance of Image Placeholder Server running in localhost, we can create images with arbitrary dimensions and colours to help us with our web design tasks.
I was introduced to PlaceHold.it by a fellow web designer and good friend, Nate Giersdorf, some time in early 2013. It's a very useful tool for designing web pages that have elements that depend on the size of the images that they contain. For the designer, tweaking those designs becomes easier as one no longer needs to create or resize place holder images in Gimp or Photoshop; the designer simply has to specify the desired dimensions of the image in the URI.
But obviously, one needs an active Internet connection to use PlaceHold.it. That blows for me because when I take work outside (in the mall or in a café somewhere), I don't always go to places that provide Internet connection. I actually started coding Image Placeholder Server when I was supposed to be working on a design study that had PlaceHold.it URIs all over it but couldn't because the café I was at did not have WiFi.
Start the server by running imgphserv.py.
Create images by using the URI format: http://localhost:5001/(width)x(height)
Set the colour by using the URI format: http://localhost:5001/(width)x(height)/(hex_value)