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.

Lightroom CC is designed to work seamlessly with Lightroom CC for mobile (iOS), Lightroom CC for mobile (Android), Lightroom CC on the web, and Lightroom CC for Apple TV.

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?

Adobe will continue to develop Lightroom Classic CC alongside Lightroom CC.

Can I use Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC together?

Syncing between Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC for desktop isn’t recommended.

Does Lightroom CC work with Adobe Photoshop? Third-party plug-ins?

Yes; Lightroom CC has an 'Edit in Photoshop' feature. Lightroom CC doesn't currently support third-party plug-ins.

Can I go back to using Lightroom Classic CC if I don't like Lightroom CC?

Yes, all the work you have in Lightroom CC (except for keywords) automatically syncs back to Lightroom Classic CC. To enable this feature, launch Lightroom Classic CC and ensure that sync is enabled.

Is Lightroom CC available in Creative Cloud Team and Enterprise plans?

Yes, Lightroom CC is available in Creative Cloud Team and Enterprise plans.

Technical questions

What are the minimum system requirements to run Lightroom CC? Does Lightroom CC use my graphics processor?

For details, see the system requirements page and the Lightroom GPU FAQ.

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?

See this tech note for information on HEIC image files support.

Can I have multiple catalogs in Lightroom CC?

No. Your Adobe ID is the key to all your photos stored in the photo cloud.

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:

  1. In Square Grid () view, click the Sync icon at the lower-right corner of the image thumbnail. 

    Store Original Locally
  2. In the pop-up menu that appears, switch on the Store Original Locally option.

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.

How much cloud storage does Lightroom CC provide? Can I upgrade my storage?

The amount of cloud storage depends on your Creative Cloud membership. You can check the available space by going to the Account tab of the Preferences dialog in Lightroom CC.

For more information about upgrading your storage, see Upgrade your Creative Cloud storage.

Can I sync just some of my photos to the cloud?

No; Lightroom CC safely backs up all your photos to the cloud.

How do I retrieve my photos after my membership ends?

You can use the Adobe Lightroom Downloader app to download your photos from Creative Cloud after your membership expires.  


The downloads page on says that I’m not eligible to download this app. Why is that the case?

First, make sure that you are signed in with your Adobe ID on before trying to download.

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