Photoshop might be the most powerful tool in the world for image manipulation, but it doesn’t have any in-built photo organizing tools, and it can be slow and cumbersome for everyday photo enhancements.
That’s where Lightroom comes in. It can organize your photos into one large, searchable catalog, and offers a wide range of image adjustments, enhancements and one-click presets. Photoshop is perfect for in-depth image manipulation, but is also set up for artists, illustrators and designers; Lightroom is designed solely for busy photographers.
Now Adobe has released an update which adds in some important tools missing from the first release, so this is the perfect opportunity to see how Lightroom CC really stacks up.
But first, some background. Until October 2017, Lightroom was a regular desktop app that came in two versions. Lightroom CC was part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription program, where you pay a monthly or annual subscription to use the software, while Lightroom 6 was a regular standalone program you paid for once with a regular license feel.
With the Creative Cloud 2017 announcements, though, all this changed. Updates for Lightroom 6 finish at the end of 2017, so effectively the non-subscription version of the software has been discontinued. Adobe has also introduced a new ‘web-first’ version of Lightroom, where your photos are stored in the cloud on Adobe’s servers, rather than locally on your own computer or hard drives.
Confusingly, the new web-based Lightroom keeps the Lightroom CC name. The ‘old’ desktop-based Lightroom CC carries on, but the name has now been changed to Lightroom Classic.
So the ‘new’ Lightroom CC is a bold step into the future for Adobe, and offers photographers the dream scenario, with all their pictures available everywhere on every platform… but how does it pan out in practice?