Basics

What is Lightroom and who is it for?

Whether you are a beginner or pro or somewhere in between, Adobe Lightroom includes all your essential tools for amazing photography. With Lightroom, 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, your photography is everywhere you are. Learn more about Lightroom on your computer, mobile devices, and web:

Get Lightroom as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

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

See the What’s New page for details.

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

The latest version of Lightroom 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 version comparison chart.

How does Lightroom CC differ from Photoshop?

Lightroom 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 and Photoshop CC as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Does Lightroom work on my mobile device?

Yes, in addition to Lightroom CC for your Mac and PC, you can also get Lightroom for your mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones. Learn more about Lightroom on mobile devices. With Lightroom, 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 Lightroom photos with Adobe Spark Video and Adobe Spark Page. Get Lightroom as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Technical questions

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

See the system requirements for information.

Does Lightroom CC work the same on PC and Mac?

Yes. Lightroom CC on your desktop has the same features and delivers the same best-in-class results no matter which platform you use. Lightroom now 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. Get Lightroom as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

What file formats does Lightroom support?

Lightroom 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 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 handle my photos when I make edits?

Lightroom 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 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 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 as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan and previous versions of Lightroom. In addition to Lightroom, 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 on desktop after my membership ends?

Lightroom 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 on mobile devices will no longer function. 

Is Lightroom CC on desktop compatible with Windows 8.1?

Is Lightroom CC on desktop compatible with Mac OS X Mavericks (v10.10)?

Free trials

Can I try Lightroom CC for free?

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

Purchasing options

How can I purchase Lightroom?

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

Learning Lightroom

How do I get started with Lightroom?

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 Learn & Support pageLightroom product page, and the Lightroom YouTube channel.

Where can I find the user's manual?

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

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