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Beyond Presentation Templates – How To Make It Yours

Presentation Inspiration #4: Make It Yours

Your presentations are part of your personal brand — and you’re not boring, right?

Here’s how to make your presentation yours by using your own images and playing with themes, which are basically stylish packages of fonts, color palettes, and image filters — like presentation templates, only better.


Presentation Inspiration #4 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Hint: Under the blue Image icon on the left, choose MY PICTURES (web) or IMPORT (iPad). Then, select the images you’d like to use, or connect to your favorite sites and services (like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Drive, etc.). For themes, look for the tab in the top center, and find one that suits your personality or mood.

Set Your Story Free

We’d love to see what you create! You can share a link in the comments, tweet your deck with the hashtag #hdinspired, or drop us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com! To see decks inspired by this series, check out our #hdinspired Pinterest board here.

More in the Presentation Inspiration Series

Presentation Inspiration #1: The Power of Visual Communication

Presentation Inspiration #2: Simplifying Communication

Presentation Inspiration #3: Presenting Data

Presentation Inspiration #5: First-Rate Presentation Formats

The Power of Visual Communication

Presentation Inspiration 1: Make it Visual

Fun Fact: Visuals are mentally processed 60,000 times faster than text. That’s one reason why Haiku Decks are so visual —  so your content is easily understood and remembered. Here are a few quick pointers for effective visual communication, and a fun two-minute challenge for you to try.


Presentation Inspiration #1 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Hints: Start a new deck with the [+] or New Deck button. Head to the photograph icon on the left, and enter a word or phrase in the search box. Select any image to set it as your slide background, then use [+] in the bottom right to make your next slide. You can also import your own images, or select a solid-colored background.

Extra Credit: To learn more about the power of visual communication, check out 
Ten Reasons Visual Communication Can’t Be Ignored – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

We’d love to see what you create! You can share links in the comments below, tweet your deck with the hashtag #hdinspired, or drop us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. To see decks inspired by this series, check out our #hdinspired Pinterest board here.

More in the Presentation Inspiration Series

Presentation Inspiration #2: Simplifying Communication

Presentation Inspiration #3: Presenting Data

Presentation Inspiration #4: Beyond Presentation Templates – How To Make It Yours

Presentation Inspiration #5: First-Rate Presentation Formats

Announcing Haiku Deck for iPad with iOS 7 Support

Haiku Deck + iOS 7

The breakthrough iOS 7 rolls out today for iPhone and iPad, and we have worked hard to be among the first iPad Apps to incorporate the new look and feel. Here’s a rundown of what’s new in Haiku Deck for iPad v. 2.2!

Redesigned for iOS 7

We’ve redesigned the app from the ground up to take full advantage of the breakthrough style and technology of iOS 7. The newest version of iOS, with its focus on simplicity, clarity, and efficiency, now informs the look and feel of Haiku Deck, from the new app icon to the parallax effect on the app’s main screen, which offers a whole new experience of depth when you tilt your iPad.

Haiku Deck for iOS 7: New app icon to match look and feel of iOS 7

The new Haiku Deck app icon incorporates the look and feel of iOS 7

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Multiple Image Import

We’ve already covered all the ways Haiku Deck saves you time, and the new multiple image import in Haiku Deck for iPad v 2.2 will speed up your slide creation even more. Now you can select multiple images from your iPad’s photo stream or camera roll, and turn them into beautiful Haiku Deck slides in a snap.

How To Use Multiple Image Import (iPad Only)

Tap the blue Image icon, then IMPORT. Tap My Photos, then Photo Library, or a particular Camera Roll or Photo Stream.

Multiple Image Import in Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck for iPad: Selecting and importing multiple images

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Compassion and Connection: Be Inspired by Haiku Deck Guru Susan Spellman Cann

Compassion Counts!

Last week we had so much fun hosting Haiku Deck Guru Susan Spellman Cann at HDHQ. She arrived with fresh flowers from the Pike Place Market and a huge box of goodies from Bishop Carroll High School, where she works as a school counsellor. Susan has been an incredibly special part of our community pretty much since we launched, but it was awesome to meet face to face!

Compassion and caring: Haiku Deck Guru Susan Spellman Cann

Susan with Lisa, our Customer Evangelist

“If I commit to something, I really commit to it.”

Susan takes her role as a Guru incredibly seriously. “If I commit to something, I really commit to it,” she says. In the previous 24 hours, she had evangelized Haiku Deck to the businessman sitting next to her on the plane from Calgary, her taxi driver, and a photographer selling his artwork in the market. (We joked that the best way to spread the word about Haiku Deck might be to just send Susan on a world tour.)

We have long admired Susan’s beautiful Haiku Decks filled with positive messages of caring and compassion, but as we talked it became clear how much Haiku Deck is part of her personal mission to make an impact on young people’s lives, in her community and well beyond. “I believe Haiku Deck can change the world,” she said. “Powerpoint isn’t going to change the world. But Haiku Deck can.”

“I believe Haiku Deck can change the world.”

Here is one of Susan’s decks that has been viewed more than 40,000 times, clear evidence that her inspiring thoughts and words have resonated and spread far beyond her school and city:

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/OAfbvIB09e/who-matters

Over lunch, she told us the story of a troubled student who decided not to harm herself because Susan happened to smile at her in the hallway (we can attest that she is authentically full of smiles). This powerful moment inspired “One Kind Word”:

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Announcing Premium Images from Getty Images

Haiku Deck + Getty Images

We believe strongly in the power of images to tell stories and communicate meaning. Our powerful image search puts millions of beautiful, high-quality, Creative Commons-licensed (free) photos at your fingertips, and those will always be available to you in both our iPad and Web Apps.

In our quest to make Haiku Deck even more useful and powerful as a storytelling tool, we have partnered with Getty Images–one of the world’s premier image collections–to make premium images available in Haiku Deck for iPad. This allows us to offer an even wider range of incredibly high-quality images.

Because Getty’s collection is vast and professionally curated, we think you will be delighted (as we have been) by the improved quality, variety, and accuracy of the image search results with premium images in the mix. Here’s a deck that showcases some of the new premium images:


The Haiku Deck Way – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

We are making these premium photos available to you for easy purchase within the iPad app, without the hassle of creating a separate account, wondering about file sizes, or trying to decipher licensing agreements. Like everything we do, we’ve made it very simple: buy a premium image with a couple of taps, right from the app, and you’ll be able to use it any Haiku Deck you create.

Our Haiku How-To: Premium Images video on Vimeo.

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Haiku Deck, Getty Images Partner to Bring More Beauty to Presentations

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Updated iPad Presentation App Introduces Premium Imagery, Powerful Storytelling Features

Seattle, WA — June 4, 2013 — Haiku Deck, in its continued quest to transform presentation creation and sharing, announced today an expanded library of stunning, high-quality imagery through a new partnership with Getty Images, through its Thinkstock offering. Getty Images, the leading provider of digital media worldwide, will make more than a million premium images seamlessly available for purchase within the free Haiku Deck iPad app.

Haiku Deck + Getty Images Bring More Beauty to Presentations

Haiku Deck, proclaimed the “Instagram for pitch decks” by Mashable, launched in August 2012 and has topped charts in productivity in 50+ markets around the world. The app’s focus on empowering people to easily create beautiful, image-rich presentations has inspired a passionate global community of creative communicators from a wide range of disciplines. A central feature of Haiku Deck is its powerful, integrated Creative Commons image search, and today’s update–which brings professionally curated premium imagery into the mix–opens up exciting new possibilities for visual storytelling.

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Introducing Haiku Deck 2.1

Haiku Deck 2.1

We’ve been hard at work making Haiku Deck an even more powerful tool for communication and storytelling. Here’s a quick tour of what’s new in Haiku Deck 2.1:

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/ryC9V2OPME/announcing-haiku-deck-21

In-App Public Notes

Our Haiku How-To: Notes Overview video on Vimeo.

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Import Images to Haiku Deck like a Pro

How To Import Images

We’re pretty darn proud of our killer built-in image search (which the great Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, called “insanely cool”), but of course there are times when it makes sense to use your own images or screenshots in a Haiku Deck. Here’s how to import images like a pro.

In EDIT mode, use the + to add a new slide. Go to the blue IMAGE icon on the left, then use the IMPORT button (iPad app) or click the ⬆UPLOAD IMAGE button (Web App beta).

iPad App example: the blue Image button on the left, and the Import button

iPad App example: the blue Image button on the left, and the Import button

Uploading an image from the Haiku Deck Web App

Uploading an image from the Haiku Deck Web App

A popup will appear displaying all of the options to import images.

iPad app example: the Import popup displays all your options for importing

iPad app example: the Import popup displays all your options for importing

Take a picture (iPad app only)

Tap Take a picture to take a picture with your iPad’s built-in camera.

Inspiration: This method is ideal for a Haiku Deck advertising a real estate listing, like Paul Kaplan Group’s stunning Midcentury Modern Bungalow, or for “how-to” Haiku Decks like Jeremy Conn’s Cell Membrane Bubble Lab or Destination Cuisine’s How to Eat a Pomegranate. Kesey Pollock also used this technique to create their extraordinary Women In Art Photo Project, which helped drive support for their successful Kickstarter campaign.

My photos (iPad app only)

Tap My photos to select a picture from your iPad’s Camera Roll, your Photo Stream, or a custom Album or Photo Stream you have created.

Inspiration: If you’re making an “About Me” Haiku Deck, like this one by Haiku Deck Guru Megan Hunt, you’ll definitely want to include some of your own imagery for a personal touch. Importing your own images is also very useful for a Haiku Deck portfolio like Cat Barrett’s Cat’s Print Shop, a Haiku Deck using custom imagery like Andrea Sutten’s Buying a Home, or even a Haiku Deck showcasing drawings by imaginative 1st and 2nd graders, like Anacondas (one of many amazing Haiku Decks produced by Pat Johnson’s students).

Importing Multiple Photos (iPad app only)

With the latest update to Haiku Deck, you can select multiple images from your iPad’s Photo Stream or Camera Roll, and turn them into beautiful Haiku Deck slides in a snap.

iPad app example: tapping multiple photos will outline them in white to be imported as separate slides.

iPad app example: tapping multiple photos will outline them in white to be imported as separate slides.

Tap all the images you’d like to include in your Haiku Deck — a white box will appear around the images you’ve selected. Tap Add Images, and voilà! Your slides will be created automatically, and you can visit each one to adjust sizing and placement and add text.

Uploading a Logo to a Logo Slide Type

Once you’ve selected the Logo Slide type, tap on the camera icon in the white circle on the slide to upload your image or logo.

haiku deck logo slide

Tap on the camera icon in the white circle on the slide to upload your image or logo

Tip: For the best results, the optimal size for logo images in Haiku Deck is 600 x 600 pixels. If you find that the automatic zoom is cropping your image, we recommend resizing your image with free apps such as Canva to place your logo on a larger canvas, or PicMonkey’s collage feature to increase the amount of white space around your logo.

My Computer (Web App beta only)

Selected by default, My Computer will allow you to drag-and-drop photos right into the middle of the image import popup, or click the Choose File button in the bottom right to browse through all the photos you have on your computer. Tip: if you’re on a Mac, clicking Choose File and selecting Photos on the bottom left of the next window that pops up will allow you to browse your iPhoto or Aperture libraries.

Online (Cloud) Photo services

You can also upload pictures from FacebookInstagramDropboxFlickrPicasaGoogle Drive, or Box to quickly access photos you’ve saved to any of these services. You’ll need to sign in to each account to connect it to Haiku Deck, but then you’ll have easy access to your favorite images.

Inspiration: Our CEO Adam worked some Facebook photos into his Mother’s Day Haiku Deck message, Things I Learned from Mom. Also don’t miss GlobalFootprints: A Travel Photography Project, a gorgeous Haiku Deck made completely from Tercia Goh’s Instagram photos.

Editing Imported Images

Once you select an image, it will be automatically placed as your slide background.

Import Images to Haiku Deck

Your imported image will be placed automatically

If you’d like to resize or reposition your image on the iPad, simply tap the blue IMAGE icon again, then use your fingers to make any adjustments in the PREVIEW pane.

Import images to Haiku Deck: Resizing and cropping

BEFORE: Tap the blue IMAGE icon, then use fingers to resize and reposition

Tap DONE to save your work.

Import images to Haiku Deck: resizing and repositioning

AFTER: Tap DONE to save your work

On the web, just use the controls in the bottom right corner of your slide once a background has been selected:

Web Image Controls

Creating Custom Albums on the iPad

If you have a large number of images on your Camera Roll, you’ll save time by creating an Album for the images you want to use in your Haiku Deck first. From your iPad’s main screen, tap Photos, then Albums, then, the + button in the top left.

Import images to Haiku Deck from a custom album
Tap Albums, then the + button to create a new album

Type a name for your new Album, then select  the images you’d like to include.

Import images to Haiku Deck with a custom album
Tap the images you’d like to include in your album, then tap Done

In Haiku Deck, when you tap Import, then Albums, your images will be easy to find.

Import images to Haiku Deck from a custom album
Creating a custom album makes your images easy to find

Advanced Tips

1. If you’re sharing images across devices, sharing them to your Photo Stream is a great way to save time. You can even create a customized Photo Stream using the same method described immediately above.

2. To take a screen capture from your iPad, press the round Home button and the power switch on the top simultaneously. The image will automatically appear in your Camera Roll.

3. If you’re creating custom images using another tool, the optimal image size is 1124 x 768. Be sure to leave 50 pixels of space on each edge to allow for the cool scrolling “parallax” effect on iPad playback.

4. If you’re trying to resize an image with your fingers on the iPad and it’s snapping back, try using your other hand to tap DONE when you have the image how you want it.

5. Some of the best Haiku Decks seamlessly incorporate both personal photos and images from our powerful image search. Even if you’re showcasing an event you attended or a trip you took, you can often supplement your own imagery with photos capturing unique perspectives, beautiful lighting, or scenes you didn’t get a chance to photograph yourself. Read more about how Haiku Deck’s image search helps you tell the story (and see a fun Haiku Deck about a family trip to Ironman Canada) here.

More Helpful Resources

Presentation Images to Order: In-App Resizing

Resizing Images

One of the most magical features of Haiku Deck is the built-in image search, which puts millions of beautiful, free (yes, free!), high-quality presentation images at your fingertips. And of course, you can also snap or import your own photos for a personal touch. Our selection of professionally designed text layouts make it easy to position your header and subheader lines so that your text doesn’t cover up the graffiti tag or vintage Phillies ball cap that perfectly illustrates your point, but when you just need more control, in Haiku Deck for iPhone and iPad you can crop and reposition your images, right from the app.

How to Crop and Resize Images

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