Adobe Turns Lightroom CC Into a New Cloud Photography Service

Adobe's annual Adobe MAX conference kicks off today, and the company is introducing a whole slew of updates to its Creative Cloud platform. Among those updates is a new version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, which is now a full cloud-based photography service.

Lightroom CC has been available cross-platform for some time now with a dedicated Mac app and an iOS app, but with the new cloud service, Adobe is aiming to make editing and organizing photos simpler for both professionals and enthusiasts across multiple devices.


The new version of Lightroom CC continues to offer the same image editing capabilities that have been available in previous versions of Lightroom, but there's a new streamlined user interface with quick adjustment tools and presets that are quicker and easier to use.

All content is stored in the cloud, with Adobe providing users with up to 1TB of storage space that includes support for RAW images.


Full resolution photos stored in Lightroom can be edited on any device using the Lightroom CC app for Mac, the iOS app, or the web interface. Lightroom backs up all photos and keeps edits synced across devices.

Lightroom CC supports Adobe Sensei machine learning technology, which is able to recognize objects and people in photographs to make searching for and finding content simpler. Keywords are automatically applied to photos based on content.

Sharing tools make it simple to share Lightroom CC content directly to social networks, and there's an option to create Lightroom web galleries to showcase multiple photos at once. Lightroom CC also supports integration with Adobe Portfolio.


On iOS devices, the updated Lightroom CC app features the same Adobe Sensei search technology, and it offers an enhanced iPad layout, support for the iOS 11 Files app, and support for the HEIF image format introduced in iOS 11.

With the launch of the new cloud-based Lightroom CC app, Adobe is not eliminating the previous version of Lightroom. The older non-cloud version of Lightroom, which will continue to focus on a more traditional desktop-first workflow, has been renamed to Lightroom Classic CC. Lightroom Classic CC is also getting several new updates. It is gaining an enhanced Embedded Preview workflow for scrolling through large sets of photos faster than before, and new editing capabilities like a new Color Range and Luminance Masking feature.

With the launch of the Lightroom CC Cloud Photography service, Adobe is introducing new pricing plans. The Lightroom CC Cloud service with 1TB of storage plus Photoshop CC and access to Lightroom for mobile and web is priced at $19.99 per month. For existing Photography subscribers, Adobe is dropping that price to $14.99 per month for the first year.

Adobe is adding Lightroom CC to the existing Creative Cloud Photography plan and providing current subscribers with 20GB of storage space. The plan will continue to cost $9.99 per month and includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom mobile, Lightroom web, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop CC.

A standalone Lightroom CC plan is available for customers who don't need Photoshop access. It includes 1TB of storage and access to the mobile and web apps for $9.99 per month. For mobile only users, there's a Lightroom Mobile plan for iOS that offers 100GB of cloud storage for $4.99 per month.

More information about Adobe's New Lightroom CC Cloud Photography service can be found on the Adobe website.

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28 months ago
adobe needs to stop their subscription madness
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28 months ago
I miss Aperture.
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28 months ago

Deduct it as a business expense.

The only possible way to complain is if someone is a software pirate who doesn't earn money from it. In that case feel free to keep using a torrent copy of CS6 (with trojans included) and telling the world how amazeballs it is.


What an ignorant, insulting post.

"Deduct as a business expense" simply means you don't pay income taxes on the amount spent. So it's effectively a discount; yet the deduction by no means negates the cost. Many people ignorantly think otherwise though.

Lots of non-professional enthusiasts spend their money on valid licenses and never pirate software. I've held valid LR licenses since v1.0 and currently have a valid v6.x standalone license. In the past I've owned valid photoshop licenses across several upgrades, but have since switched to alternate software (which I license legally). For you to suggest those who are unhappy with Adobe are just pirates is simply insulting.

Whether an enthusiast or a money-making professional, everyone makes a decision based on the value to them of the product in comparison to its cost, as well as a comparison of the product against its competitors in terms of achieving the person's goals. Some also include a dollop of preferring the standalone-license model over a subscription model, as well as a preference to support a growing market of alternative software options.
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28 months ago

adobe needs to stop their subscription madness


You'd rather pay $600 up front like the old days than pay $600 over 5 years and get every update included along the way? I'll have what you're smoking!
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28 months ago

You'd rather pay $600 up front like the old days than pay $600 over 5 years and get every update included along the way? I'll have what you're smoking!

What are you on about? In my country five years subscription to illustrator will cost me $1800.
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28 months ago
What happens if you need more than 1TB of storage? Do they follow the old iTunes Match model and basically you can't use their stuff.
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They still have new verison without cloud called lightroom classic and that will be updated


With the name "Classic" I wonder for how much longer.
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28 months ago
*looks at 1TB limit*

*Looks at 3TB HDD and MacOS low disk space error*

Um... I'm not even a pro, just a home hack who bashes around with 10 year old kit...
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28 months ago

They still have new verison without cloud called lightroom classic and that will be updated


Yes, that version is without cloud, but it's not a standalone version. You still have to pay a monthly/annual subscription fee.
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Deduct it as a business expense.

The only possible way to complain is if someone is a software pirate who doesn't earn money from it. In that case feel free to keep using a torrent copy of CS6 (with trojans included) and telling the world how amazeballs it is.


I disagree. I've been a paying user of Lightroom since Lightroom 1. I'm only an enthusiast and enjoy photography, hence the reason for using Lightroom. That being said, I don't need the annual updates that Adobe tends to release. I usually upgrade every 3 years or so. The subscription forces me to basically buy Lightroom yearly.

No one is talking about software piracy here.
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28 months ago

I'm looking at moving to potentially Picktorial. I'm not a pro so don't really need DAM.

Of all the products, I've looked at everyone seemed to have some short coming with DAM. I'm also just a hobbyist, but organizing my images is my major need. I'll have to google Picktorial and see what's that about.

It's funny, since I'm not a pro, I think DAM capability is even more important the image editing - but that's just me.
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28 months ago
Looks like they won't be stopping it any time soon! Shame.

Just found this on the photoshop blog
"Lightroom 6 is the last standalone version of Lightroom that can be purchased outside of a Creative Cloud membership. There will not be a Lightroom 7 perpetual offering. Lightroom 6 will remain for sale for an undetermined amount of time, but will no longer be updated with camera support or bug fixes after the end of 2017. Lightroom 6.13 with support for the Nikon D850 will be released on October 26, 2017."
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