What is Lightroom CC?
Lightroom CC is a new photography service by Adobe that includes desktop, mobile, and web apps. Lightroom CC 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 CC provides you the editing power of Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Camera Raw in one easy-to-use package. In Lightroom CC, 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 CC different from Lightroom Classic CC?
While Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC differ in several ways, there are three main things that separate them:
- Lightroom CC on Mac and Windows share a similar and consistent experience with other Lightroom CC apps on mobile and web.
- Lightroom CC 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 CC can do various things that Lightroom Classic can't. For example, you can use Lightroom CC to access all your photos on multiple computers such as a laptop and a desktop, or a home computer, and a work computer.
- Lightroom CC 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 CC without having to manually assign the keyword 'dog' to any photos.
For related information, see Go from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom CC.
What's going to happen to Lightroom Classic CC? Will Adobe release a new version of Lightroom Classic CC?
Can I use Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC together?
Does Lightroom CC work with Adobe Photoshop? Third-party plug-ins?
Can I go back to using Lightroom Classic CC if I don't like Lightroom CC?
What are the minimum system requirements to run Lightroom CC? Does Lightroom CC use my graphics processor?
Does Lightroom CC support raw files?
Yes; Lightroom CC supports all the raw file types that Lightroom Classic CC 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 CC support High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) files?
Can I have multiple catalogs in Lightroom CC?
Where are my photos stored? Can I keep them locally on my computer?
Lightroom CC 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 CC, 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 CC automatically downloads it from the cloud.
Lightroom CC 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 CC. 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 CC is allowed to use.