Just imagine how cool it would be if you could notate and mark up some content and use that in your Haiku Decks. It’d be pretty awesome, right? You could build recipes, create how-to guides with screen shots, point out things in photographs you’ve taken, and a billion other things. Good news is, you can do it for free with Skitch, and we’ll show you how!

The app: Skitch

Skitch Screenshot

Skitch is a free app by the folks who brought you Evernote. It’s straightforward, easy to use, and allows you to add shapes and text to images, then easily save your creations for use elsewhere.

The possibilities:

  • Notate your slide backgrounds
  • Blur portions of slide backgrounds
  • Mark up photographs, screenshots, and anything else you want to use as a slide background

App mashup example:

Here’s an example deck that one of our talented education users put together to demonstrate how well Skitch and Haiku Deck can be used together in the classroom:

Skitch – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

How to use it with Haiku Deck:

  1. Download Skitch on your Mac or PC.
  2. Use the drop-down menu in the top center of Skitch to take a screenshot, snap a photograph, open a file, create a new blank document, and more.
  3. Go nuts! Use the tools on the left to add text, shapes, tags, drawings, etc.
  4. Drag the file icon on the bottom, center tab in the app to save your creation to whatever folder you drop it on (I like using my dekstop, personally).
  5. Use your Skitched-up image as a slide background uploaded into either the Web App or the iPad app.


  • Try to be consistent in your color scheme if possible – it keeps your image from looking too busy and distracting
  • Sign into Evernote in the top left corner of the app to save your Skitch work there
  • Adjust how zoomed-in you are in the bottom left corner of the app
  • Save your Skitch creations to a place like Google Drive or Dropbox so you can access them easily from your iPad
  • If you need help with Skitch, check out their support site here.