Lightroom CC and Revamped Lightroom Classic Announced

All good things must come to an end (sort of) – Lightroom included. But like a photo-editing phoenix from the flames comes the new cloud-based Lightroom CC. Announced yesterday, Lightroom CC will take the popular app to a cloud and mobile focus, whilst rebranding the familiar desktop version as Lightroom Classic CC.

“As the leader in digital photography, today Adobe is unveiling Lightroom CC, our next generation photography service,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe.

“Lightroom CC answers photographers’ demand for a deeply integrated, intelligent, cloud-based photography solution.”

Cloud-Based Lightroom CC

Spurred on by the advances in mobile technology, Lightroom CC makes “editing, organizing, storing and sharing” possible from devices across the board. With an all-new streamlined interface, Lightroom CC allows for editing in full resolution whether you’re on mobile or desktop, and additionally over the web – all from the cloud.


Lightroom CC then syncs edits made on a device across all others for future ease. With scalable storage options, “safe and secure” backup will be possible for full-res photos – RAW files included.

When it comes to organisation, Lightroom CC features searchable keywords for objects in photographs using Adobe Sensei machine learning technology.

In the age of social media, Lightroom CC offers built-in tools to facilitate your sharing needs. With a click you can post directly to social media from your cloud, and create “custom Lightroom web galleries” shareable via a unique link.

Lightroom CC for mobile is being gifted a wealth of new features on iOS, such as built-in search functions, keyword support, hierarchical albums, an enhanced iPad layout, and iOS 11 file support.

For Android, there will be tablet support, a local adjustments brush, search functionality, keyword support, and hierarchical albums as with iOS.

On the web, Lightroom CC is to introduce public gallery creation and management, alongside integration with Adobe Portfolio.

Powerful Changes to Lightroom Classic

If you’re not ready to commit to the cloud, and still an ardent fan of Lightroom Classic CC – then fear not. Adobe are planning to upgrade Lightroom Classic, ensuring no one is to left out in their recent announcement.

New features are to include an enhanced Embedded Preview workflow, that allows you to scroll through endless images to select a subset faster than ever before. Adobe are also adding new editing capabilities, such as Color Range and Luminance Masking functionality, enabling precision editing for any situation.

Lightroom Classic is also being updated for a huge speed boost, with improvements in other areas such as launch time, preview generation, import selection, and more. As opposed to the new cloud service, Lightroom Classic will be for the “traditional desktop-first workflow” users, with local storage and file and folder control.

As a sidenote for anyone still using Lightroom 6 – Adobe plan for it to be the last standalone version, so for future features and updates you’ll have to get on board with a CC subscription.

Availability and Pricing

Lightroom CC is to be made available now through 3 separate photography plans:

  • Creative Cloud Photography Plan with 1 TB – includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom for mobile and web, Photoshop CC, Adobe Spark with premium features, Adobe Portfolio, and 1TB of cloud storage. Priced at £19.97/month.
  • Creative Cloud Photography Plan – includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom for mobile and web, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC, Adobe Spark with premium features, Adobe Portfolio, and 20GB cloud storage. Priced at £9.98/month.
  • Lightroom CC plan – includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom for mobile and web, Adobe Spark with premium features, Adobe Portfolio, and 1TB of cloud storage. Priced at £9.98/month.

If you’re only after a mobile solution, the Lightroom Mobile plan for iOS and Android is available with 100GB Storage at $4.99/month.

For more information visit the site, and check out our helpful article on Lightroom!


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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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