With Adobe’s announcements and releases of October 2017, Lightroom applications – that is, Lightroom Classic and the new cloud-based Lightroom CC – are only available as part of subscriptions. There will be no more perpetual (stand-alone) versions. In this article I will answer common questions about how these subscriptions work, as the word “cloud” introduces some misconceptions.  Lightroom Classic and the cloud-based Lightroom CC work differently, so they are addressed separately below.  UPDATE 2019: Adobe has changed the name of the cloud-based “Lightroom CC” to just “Lightroom”. UPDATE 2020: The logos for Lightroom Classic and Lightroom have changed.

Lightroom Subscriptions: Programs and Pricing

Creative Cloud Photography Program Pricing

Creative Cloud Photography Program

  • Lightroom Classic

  • Lightroom CC with 20 GB of storage so you can try it out with a limited number of photos

  • Photoshop CC

$9.99 USD / mo (with annual plan)

$19.99/mo with 1 TB cloud storage; exclusive offer for current CC subscribers: $14.99/mo, first year only.

$10/TB for each additional TB.

Lightroom CC Logo

Lightroom CC

  • Lightroom CC with 1 TB cloud storage

$9.99 USD / mo (with annual plan)

$10/TB for each additional TB.

There is also a “Complete Cloud” option for $49.99/month that includes the whole suite of Adobe creative applications (InDesign, Premier Pro, Illustrator, etc.) Visit Adobe.com to see all pricing plans, including student/teacher and enterprise plans.

Lightroom Classic FAQ

  • Lightroom Classic LogoWill I have to work in a web browser (in the cloud)?

    The Lightroom Classic software resides on your computer, just as Lightroom software always has. There is another component called “Lightroom Web” at lightroom.adobe.com that allows you to import and edit photos in a web browser, but when you are at your own computer you’ll want to use the Lightroom Classic software installed on that computer.

  • Where are my photos and catalog stored?

    They reside on your internal or external hard drive, just as they always have.