Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom CC
Big changes as Adobe Lightroom evolves from a pure desktop application to a brand new range of desktop and cloud-based products.

Welcome to the brand new Lightroom CC, with all new architecture and full integration to Lightroom Mobile for iOS & Android + Lightroom on the web and Apple TV.
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I have been using, testing and helping to develop Lightroom CC and Mobile for the last few months and it is and powerful. Aimed primarily at enthusiasts, Lightroom CC has a clean and simple interface overlaying a powerful new architecture that represents a major leap forwards in performance.

I’ll be offering workshops on the software in the next few weeks, showing how the Lightroom ecosystem of programs work together and how to get best from your images.

For those that have been using the original Lightroom for a while, the standalone version 6 has been updated and the existing Creative Cloud product is renamed 'Lightroom Classic’. With some very useful performance gains and a couple of useful new masking features, Lightroom Classic will continue working as a desktop application, fully compatible with all your existing catalogues.
To quote Adobe's own blog, this is Lightroom CC:

Introducing Lightroom CC

The Lightroom CC ecosystem is a cloud-based service with three device-based apps: desktop, mobile and web.
Lightroom CC is designed and built around 3 guiding principles:

  • Powerful Yet Simple—Lightroom CC will offer the powerful image editing that you want, while being simple and intuitive to use. Our goal is that it will have everything you need and nothing you don’t.
  • Seamless experience across all your devices—Lightroom CC will work the same across desktop, mobile, and web. This allows you to move across your devices without needing to relearn or figure things out. Your photos and edits are all where you’d expect them to be.
  • Cloud Based—Everything you do in Lightroom CC is synced to the cloud. This means that you can access and work with your photos from any device (including multiple computers), and can easily share photos with others. All of your photos and all of the work that you do with them will be automatically backed up all the time.
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Clean interface with storage and sync status

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Detail of gradient controls

So what are the changes really about?

It is no secret that the Lightroom architecture has been in need of a major update for a while.This is that update. Lightroom CC is all new code, extremely fast and covers the needs of enthusiastic photographers, needing to ingest, edit and safely archive their RAW files. Most importantly, it shares a common interface with Lightroom Web and Lightroom Mobile, so going forwards, your pictures can be edited anywhere that is convenient, safe in the knowledge that once they have been uploaded, they are automatically backed-up.

Want to see them on the big screen? That will be Lightroom for Apple TV, a lovely way to show off your work, whether you are a wedding, wildlife or landscape photographer.

This is truly a group of applications that offer enormous potential for the future.
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How do Lightroom Classic and the new Lightroom products fit together?

Lightroom Classic continues to be Desktop and Catalogue based; images ingested into Classic's Library are stored on the computer / external drive as they always have. Where collections are created and synchronised with Lightroom Mobile, the images will become available in the new Lightroom suite, but only as smart previews; the original are never uploaded.

Images ingested into Lightroom CC are uploaded to the Creative Cloud as full resolution, original files that can be viewed and edited online and in any of the mobile versions of Lightroom. In Lightroom Classic, these images can be accessed in the Library under 'Lightroom Mobile' and the relevant dated folder. From here they can be moved into the existing catalogue / folder structure if required, but it may mean file duplication unless the destination collection is not synced with the web.
Lightroom CC suite workshops:

About Nick

Nick Wilcox-Brown is a photographer, film-maker and technology specialist based, in the UK.

Known for his work with Canon, Colour management and RAW software, Nick is proud to be an Adobe Alpha/Beta tester, Evangelist and trainer.