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Basics

What is Lightroom Classic and who is it for?

Whether you are a beginner or pro or somewhere in between, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic includes all your essential tools for amazing photography on the desktop. With Lightroom Classic, you have access to powerful one-click tools and advanced controls to make your photos look amazing. Easily organize all your photos on your desktop and share them in a variety of ways.

Get Lightroom Classic 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?

See the What’s New page for details.

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

The latest version of Lightroom Classic 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 version comparison chart.

How does Lightroom Classic differ from Photoshop?

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

Does Lightroom Classic work on my mobile device?

Yes, in addition to Lightroom Classic 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. 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 as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Technical questions

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

See the system requirements for information.

Does Lightroom Classic work the same on PC and Mac?

Yes. Lightroom Classic 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 on your computer, Lightroom mobile device, or Lightroom 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 as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography - new plan.

What file formats does Lightroom Classic support?

Lightroom Classic 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 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 handle my photos when I make edits?

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

Lightroom Classic 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 Classic on desktop compatible with Windows 10?

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

Free trials

Can I try Lightroom Classic for free?

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

Purchasing options

How can I purchase Lightroom Classic?

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

Learning Lightroom Classic

How do I get started with Lightroom Classic?

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 Learn & Support pageLightroom Classic product page, and the Lightroom Classic 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 User Guide page.

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

For assistance, visit Contact Adobe Support page.