What is Lightroom?
Lightroom is a new photography service by Adobe that includes desktop, mobile, and web apps. Lightroom automatically backs up all your photographs to the cloud and lets you access and work with your photos from any desktop or mobile device.
Lightroom provides you the editing power of Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw in one easy-to-use package. In Lightroom, you experience seamless workflows across devices. The editing and organization tools it offers are similar to the ones you already use on your mobile, desktop, and on the web.
How is Lightroom different from Lightroom Classic?
While Lightroom and Lightroom Classic differ in several ways, there are three main things that separate them:
- Lightroom on Mac and Windows share a similar and consistent experience with other Lightroom apps on mobile and web.
- Lightroom uploads all your full resolution original photos to the cloud. This means that all your photos are safely backed up. It also means that Lightroom can do various things that Lightroom Classic can't. For example, you can use Lightroom to access all your photos on multiple computers such as a laptop and a desktop, or a home computer, and a work computer.
- Lightroom also provides features that are based in the cloud, such as the ability to search for photos based on what's in the photo — without having to add any keywords manually. For example, you can search for 'dog' to find photos of dogs in Lightroom without having to manually assign the keyword 'dog' to any photos.
For related information, see Go from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom.
What's going to happen to Lightroom Classic? Will Adobe release a new version of Lightroom Classic?
Can I use Lightroom and Lightroom Classic together?
Does Lightroom work with Adobe Photoshop? Third-party plug-ins?
Can I go back to using Lightroom Classic if I don't like Lightroom ?
What are the minimum system requirements to run Lightroom? Does Lightroom use my graphics processor?
Does Lightroom support raw files?
Yes; Lightroom supports all the raw file types that Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw support. To see the full list, visit Cameras supported by Camera Raw.
Your original, full resolution raw files are backed up in the cloud.
Does Lightroom support High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) files?
Can I have multiple catalogs in Lightroom?
Where are my photos stored? Can I keep them locally on my computer?
Lightroom manages your photos for you, so that your photos don’t fill up your hard drive space. This allows you to keep and work with many photos, even if there’s not enough room for all the photos on your hard drive.
You can always view all your photos in Lightroom, even if the original file is not stored on your hard drive. When you are working with a photo and the original is not already present on your computer, Lightroom automatically downloads it from the cloud.
Lightroom also provides the option to always keep all your original files on the computer’s hard drive as well, in addition to backing them up to the cloud. If you’d like to keep certain images available locally, do the following:
Within the Local Storage preferences, you have the option of changing how much of your available disk space is usable by Lightroom. By setting the Target Available Disk Space Usage slider to the desired amount, you can choose how much or how little of your hard disk space Lightroom is allowed to use.