Free Photos for All: How Haiku Deck Puts Creative Commons Images at Your Fingertips

The Internet is a bountiful place, full of information, wonder, and an endless supply of heart-melting puppy videos. But what may sometimes seem in short supply are fantastic, free photos to easily–and legally–use for your presentations or blog slideshows.

While Google image search is convenient, it’s up to you to make sure you’re using any images you find lawfully. Flickr is an incredible resource for Creative Commons-licensed images–as long as you apply the correct filters and include proper attribution, which requires a bit of legwork. We believe that Creative Commons images are an incredible cultural treasure trove, and they are central to the Haiku Deck experience. We want to make it as easy as possible to do the right thing AND bring your stories to life with beautiful, free photos that you are free to use, like these:

The Visual Gems Of Haiku Deck – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Finding Images

Every image search you perform within Haiku Deck taps into the millions of ready-to-use Creative Commons licensed images that have been posted to Flickr by photographers all over the world. We match keywords from your slide text to tags supplied by the photographers to streamline the process, but you can always search for any word or phrase you like, whether it’s “giant blueberry pancakes” or “bearded pirates.” We’ll even give you a list of related keywords to get your creative juices flowing. (Power tip: We have all found that allowing ourselves a little time to play with keyword searching often reveals fresh inspiration that leads to stronger slides and decks.)

Using the built-in image keyword search in the iPad App

Automatic Attribution

Once you select the perfect image, Haiku Deck magically embeds the image credit, so proper attribution is always just a click away. When you play a Haiku Deck directly from your iPad, tap the screen and then the CC logo in the lower right corner to view the photographer and the license details.

Free photos for all: Viewing Creative Commons image license info in Haiku Deck

Tap the Creative Commons logo to view the image and license details

You can even Click the “i” button next to the photographer’s name to view their Flickr photostream in a pop-up window.

Free Photos for all: Viewing Creative Commons image license info in Haiku Deck

Tap the photographer’s name or the “info” icon for more details

If you’re viewing a Haiku Deck on the web, look for the CC logo in the top left corner of each slide.

Free Photos for All: Creative Commons photo credit in Haiku Deck

Click the Creative Commons logo in the top left corner to view license and photo details

Click it to reveal a black bar filled with useful links. Click the photographer’s name to view their photostream, and click the CC icon for more details about the specific license. The image attribution is preserved even if you export your deck to Powerpoint or as a PDF.

The upshot: There’s no need to resort to lackluster clip art, or to act like a bearded pirate, if you want to add visual interest your decks. With the superpowered Haiku Deck image search, finding beautiful free photos has never been easier. And with the knowledge that every photo is licensed through Creative Commons and properly attributed, you can create rock-star slides AND sleep soundly.

P.S. Want to use your own images? You can just as easily upload photos and screenshots in a snap.


  1. I like Haiku Deck a lot. One thing I am wondering is if you are working on any features that would allow for the creation of slides other than just one at a time. For example selecting several images from my camera roll to import all at once. Also it would be nice to have an outliner that would allow me to create the text for my slides all at once and then create slides based on the outline.

    I really enjoy your product and thanks for listening…

  2. You guys touch on another very important aspect of image curation and publication I emphasize in my Visual Literacy talks. The use of tags and descriptive language of the images. I will be making another deck to submit that outlines Image Categories and how we can tag, search, and categorize images based on 3 major areas. Sorry I am missing you at integratED, but I am having better weather here at the Palm Beach County Technology Conference in Florida. =)

  3. What happens to our own uploaded photos – do they end up available to everyone in the image library (not desirable from my perspective)?

    How do we make sure we attribute copyrights on our uploaded photos? Some of the ones I want use are my own pictures, others are from stock photos for which I have paid for the right to use. I want to attribute and protect both these categories appropriately.

    Love the App, by the way!

    • Hi Chris! Your own photos will definitely stay that way–they do not become part of the image library. We like the idea of adding attribution and will add that to our list. In the meantime, it’s an extra step, but you could add your own attribution before you import the photos to Haiku Deck. Glad you’re enjoying the app!

  4. Hi! I’m a teacher using haiku deck for my class. It’s very nice, for me to simply choose the image for the slide. I just have problem with FONT size, style and color. Thanks.

    • Hi Rezi! Thanks so much for providing us with that feedback; we’ve added it to our feature requests list to take into consideration for future updates. Please let us know if there’s anything else we can help!

  5. Karen DeCuir-DiNicola

    May 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hi, can you use Haiku Deck to present via a projector/slide show like you would with a computer? Would like to use for a conference presentation I am doing.

  6. Thanks love your pictures
    But why do I have to use capital letters and can the front be smaller?

    • Hi Julia — In the iPad app, you can adjust the autocapitalization setting from the Main Menu. (A few themes are still capitals only). The font size adjusts automatically as you type — that’s one of the ways we try to keep things simple! If it’s too big for you, you could try using the subheader field instead of the headline field for your slide text. Happy to help if you need more ideas!

  7. Do you know what “sharealike” in license means? Thx.

  8. glow_in_the_dark

    September 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I *so* like it that you automate the image attribution, because that has been my major issue with images from other sources. Sometimes you find images that you’d love to use, but there’s no owner info in the EXIF data (usually because the provider has stripped that data). In your case I can be sure I respect every author’s rights.

    Just one remark: it would be very nice to just pay you directly via credit card, and make the iPad simply another route to the web service. The Apple route has massive issues for anyone who works internationally as all is region locked (you cannot switch country -or lose access to upgrades to your purchases – or pay with a credit card other than from the country the iTunes shop is set to)…

    • Hi there — thanks so much for the nice note; I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying our image search feature!

      Our apologies for any trouble this may have caused you and we appreciate the helpful feedback. We’ve gone ahead and shared that information with our team so that we could take it into consideration for future updates, and please let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help.

  9. Sniffling School Librarian

    January 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I’m so CLOSE to falling in love. Except … when you link only to the photo stream and the photographer has 20,000 images, there’s no way to get back to the original picture, see its title, try to verify that the poster is actually the rights holder, etc. Which is not best practice for citing Creative Commons works and makes me uncomfortable using it with my students and colleagues. What am I missing here?

    • Thank you for bringing this to our attention; you make a great point. We’ve notified our team about this so that we can take it into consideration for future updates. I’m sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused you and if there’s anything else we can help with, please let us know.

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