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Basics

What is Lightroom Classic CC and who is it for?

Whether you are a beginner or pro or somewhere in between, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC includes all your essential tools for amazing photography. With Lightroom Classic CC, you can organize, edit, and share your photographs from anywhere—on your computer, on the web, on your iPad, and on your mobile device. When you make an edit or flag a favorite in one place, it’s automatically updated everywhere else.

With Lightroom Classic CC, your photography is everywhere you are. Learn more about Lightroom Classic CC on your computer, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile devices, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC on the web:

Get Lightroom Classic CC as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography - new plan.

Where can I learn more about new features in the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC?

See the What’s New page for details.

How does the most recent version compare with earlier versions of Lightroom Classic CC?

The latest version of Lightroom Classic CC enables you to organize, edit, and share your photographs from anywhere—on your computer, mobile device, or the web. Any changes you make are synced automatically across all your devices, so no more mixed up versions, multiple copies, or misplaced originals. Check out the Lightroom Classic CC version comparison chart.

How does Lightroom Classic CC differ from Photoshop?

Lightroom Classic CC includes all the tools you need for most digital photography tasks in one intuitive solution. It's your go-to app for organizing, enhancing, and sharing your images, every day. It helps photographers work faster and more efficiently with one image, a set of images, or a large image library. Photoshop is the industry standard in digital image editing, with advanced tools that photographers, graphic designers, and other graphics professionals use when they need complete control to perform detailed, pixel-level editing and work with multilayered files. Get both Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Does Lightroom Classic CC work on my mobile device?

Yes, in addition to Lightroom Classic CC for your Mac and PC, you can also get Lightroom CC for your mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones. Learn more about Lightroom CC on mobile devices. You can edit and organize photos in your desktop or mobile devices anytime. Any adjustment you make is seamlessly updated across devices. You can also share photos and get feedback with Lightroom web galleries and tell stories with your photos with Adobe Spark Video and Adobe Spark Page. Get Lightroom Classic CC as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Technical questions

What are the minimum system requirements to run Lightroom Classic CC on desktop?

See the system requirements for information.

Does Lightroom Classic CC work the same on PC and Mac?

Yes. Lightroom Classic CC on your desktop has the same features and delivers the same best-in-class results no matter which platform you use. You can organize, edit, and share your photographs from anywhere—Lightroom Classic CC on your computer, Lightroom CC mobile device, or Lightroom CC on the web. Any changes you make are synced automatically across all your devices, so no more mixed-up versions, multiple copies, or misplaced originals. Get Lightroom Classic CC as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography - new plan.

What file formats does Lightroom Classic CC support?

Lightroom Classic CC supports most native camera raw file formats in addition to PNG, DNG, TIFF, and JPEG formats. In other words, it supports the formats primarily used in digital cameras. Lightroom Classic CC also supports the PSD file format for enhanced integration with Photoshop. For a complete list of raw format support by camera make and model, see the Camera Raw page.

How does Lightroom Classic CC handle my photos when I make edits?

Lightroom Classic CC offers a nondestructive editing environment, which means your original photographs are never changed. Instead, the changes you make to your photographs are stored in metadata as a series of instructions. Whether you’re viewing them onscreen, creating a web gallery, or making prints, Lightroom Classic CC is simply applying those instructions to the original, untouched photo file. This provides you complete flexibility and control, because any change you apply to an image is 100% reversible at any time.

What are the benefits of getting Lightroom Classic CC as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan?

The Creative Cloud Photography plan is the perfect solution for anyone interested in photography, from photo enthusiasts to professionals. The plan includes everything you need to organize, edit, enhance, and share images on your desktop or mobile device—anytime, anywhere. See a comparison of Lightroom Classic CC as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan and previous versions of Lightroom Classic CC. In addition to Lightroom Classic CC, the Creative Cloud Photography plan includes Photoshop CC and the ability access your Lightroom synced images mobile apps like Photoshop Mix, Adobe Spark Video, and Adobe Spark Page.

Can I access my images in Lightroom Classic CC on desktop after my membership ends?

Lightroom Classic CC on desktop will continue to launch and allow access to your files after your membership ends. However, the Develop and Map modules are disabled. Also, after your membership ends, synchronization with Lightroom CC on mobile devices will no longer function. 

Is Lightroom Classic CC on desktop compatible with Windows 10?

Is Lightroom Classic CC on desktop compatible with macOS Sierra (v10.12)?

Free trials

Can I try Lightroom Classic CC for free?

With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a trial of Lightroom Classic CC and other applications in Creative Cloud. 

Purchasing options

How can I purchase Lightroom Classic CC?

Get Lightroom Classic CC as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan or learn more about purchasing options on the Creative Cloud plans page.

Learning Lightroom Classic CC

How do I get started with Lightroom Classic CC?

Learn how to get set and get started with step-by-step-tutorials as well as comprehensive product support from Adobe and our knowledgeable community. Additional materials can be found on the Lightroom Classic CC Learn & Support pageLightroom Classic CC product page, and the Lightroom Classic CC YouTube channel.

Where can I find the user's manual?

You can find web and PDF versions of the Lightroom manual on the Lightroom Classic CC Help page.

Where can I get help with download, installation, sign-in, and activation?

For assistance, visit Contact Adobe Support page.