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///What Is Lightroom CC – An Introduction to This Cloud-Based Application and Ecosystem

What Is Lightroom CC – An Introduction to This Cloud-Based Application and Ecosystem

Adobe introduced a BRAND NEW cloud-based photography solution today at MAX – and it’s called “Lightroom CC”. If you thought there already was a “Lightroom CC” program, you’d be correct – that one has been renamed “Lightroom Classic”.

Lightroom CC is:

  • A complete ecosystem, not just a desktop application – it consists of Lightroom CC Desktop, Lightroom CC iOS, Lightroom CC Android, and Lightroom CC Web.  Automatically have all your photos with you everywhere you go (mobile, web, and up to two computers) and have all the work you do in any location sync back to everywhere else.
  • Easier to use than Lightroom Classic, with its hands-off cloud-based file and catalog system.
  • A powerful non-destructive editor for raw files (and other file types). Right now Lightroom CC has most of the tools that Lightroom Classic has for editing photos (one at a time), and it will get those that are missing.

Lightroom CC is not intended to be a “Lightroom Lite” or “Lightroom Elements” program – instead it’s positioned as a more modern, cloud-based solution.

It’s currently missing many, many features that Classic has, so this may not be the time for most of you to switch to Lightroom CC.

Watch my video below for an introduction to Lightroom CC and then read the articles I link to at the bottom of this post.

For best quality, after hitting Play click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

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2017-10-18T06:07:02+00:00 October 18th, 2017|8 Comments


  1. Glow October 25, 2017 at 6:22 am - Reply

    I do appreciate your introductory video; it has provided clarity to me as a new user of Lightroom and of Lightroom CC. Thank you.

    • Laura Shoe October 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you found it helpful, Glow, and welcome to Lightroom!

  2. Janne Wallin October 31, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Quite a number of my photo originals from 2017 seem to be missing in both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC and replaced by files called ‘nonadjustednonraw_thumb_xxx_jpg’. What happened? How can I find the originals?

    • Laura Shoe November 1, 2017 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      That’s a new one for me, Janne! I would recommend posting your issue on (Create an account and sign in, and then you’ll see the Make Thread buttons. If you’re not sure which sub-forum to post in, just guess.) If you think of it, please let us know what you find out.

  3. Kylie March 11, 2018 at 6:30 am - Reply

    I have just purchased Lightroom CC and this video has helped me so much. I have been watching videos on how to import a logo and have been totally confused as what I have purchased does not have the navigation/menu that the videos have. I have been watching videos of how to do it on the older version. Now to figure out a way to do it 🙂

    • Laura Shoe March 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      If you’re referring to putting a logo in the interface, Kylie, it’s not possible. If you’re referring to adding a logo as a watermark to photos, that’s not possible yet either.

      Don’t watch any video tutorials labeled “Lightroom CC” if they were created before October 18, 2017, as they refer to what is now called Lightroom Classic.

      • Laura Shoe March 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

        I’m glad that you found my video helpful, btw!

        • Kylie March 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

          Thank you for the advice, very helpful, I wont waste my time now lol

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