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What’s New in Lightroom Classic 7, Lightroom CC, Mobile and Web – Articles and Video Tutorials 2017-11-08T09:57:55+00:00

What’s New in The World of Lightroom – October 2017

Welcome to my Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC resource page covering all the Lightroom news that was announced at Adobe’s MAX conference on October 18, 2017. There is a ton of big news :

  • Lightroom as we knew it has been renamed “Lightroom Classic“.
  • There is a brand new cloud-based “Lightroom CC” application that is tightly integrated into a larger “Lightroom CC ecosystem”, consisting of Lightroom CC desktop, Lightroom CC iOS and Lightroom CC Android for mobile devices, and Lightroom CC web. (Mobile and web applications are not brand new – they are the ones that we have been using for quite some time.)
  • Version 7.0 of Lightroom Classic has been released as a subscription only, with performance improvements and a few new features.
  • The perpetual / stand-alone Lightroom 6 product will continue to be sold and will get 1-2 small final updates in the next few months with support for new cameras, new lens profiles and bug fixes.
  • New features have been added to Lightroom mobile for iOS and Android, including keywording and collection sets (called “folders” in the Lightroom CC world)  – but these will not sync back to Lightroom Classic, just to the new cloud-based Lightroom CC.
  • New features have been added to Lightroom Web, including an artificial intelligence-driven “Best Photos” feature.

The following links to articles and videos will take you through all the news. I recommend starting with the summary to get the lay of the land.  Do chime in in the Comments section of any and all posts with your thoughts – but do keep it civil, please!

Summary of All the Lightroom News from Adobe’s MAX Conference

What's New in Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Web

ARTICLE: Summary of All the Lightroom News

Lightroom Classic 7 , CC, Mobile and Web

Get All the News

Learn what’s new:

Product names
What’s new in Lightroom Classic 7.0
The new cloud-based Lightroom CC program and where it fits in the “Lightroom ecosystem”
Available plans and pricing
Mobile for iOS and Android; Web
Read my thoughts on it all and share your own.

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What's New in Lightroom Free Webinar Recording

VIDEO Summary of All the Lightroom News

Lightroom Classic 7 , CC, Mobile and Web

Recorded Webinar

Confused and/or overwhelmed by all the news? In this 50 minute recorded webinar session I’ll cover the highlights and provide context and my thoughts about it to help clear up your confusion and enable you to understand what, if anything, you need to do.

Product names
What’s new in Lightroom Classic 7.0
What you can already do in Lightroom mobile and web with your Creative Cloud subscription and Classic 7
The new cloud-based Lightroom CC program and where it fits in the “Lightroom ecosystem”
Available plans and pricing
Mobile for iOS and Android; Web

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Lightroom Classic

LR Classic CC Logo with name

What's New in Lightroom Classic 7

What's New in Lightroom Classic 7

Read about and watch video tutorials on all of the new features and improvements – range mask, the embedded previews workflow, performance improvements and more.

Read and Watch Now
How to Upgrade to Lightroom Classic 7

How to Upgrade to Lightroom Classic 7

How to Upgrade to Lightroom Classic 7

Learn how to prepare for the upgrade, how to upgrade, how to rename your catalog, what to check to see if the process went well, and then learn what you can delete and uninstall.

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roll back to earlier version of lightroom

How to Roll Back to an Earlier Version of Lightroom

Rolling Back

Whether you accidentally updated to Classic 7 or you’re having issues with it, learn how to find the earlier version, install it and recover most of the work you did in 7.

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Lightroom Classic New Feature Video Tutorials

FOR A FREE DOWNLOAD of all of my video tutorials for Lightroom Classic 7’s new features, go to this page.

Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC Logo

Introduction to the New Cloud-Based Lightroom CC

Introduction to Lightroom CC

Watch my video tour of this brand new cloud-based application and ecosystem!

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How to migrate your Lightroom ca

Migrate Your Lightroom Classic Catalog to Lightroom CC

Migrate to Lightroom CC

Preparation is key to getting the best results!  Learn how to prepare for migration, what will migrate over and what won’t, and how to migrate.

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Lightroom CC Delete Images


Don't Use Lightroom CC Until You Read This!

Don't Use Lightroom CC Until You Read This!

It’s very easy to accidentally delete photos in Lightroom CC, and they will not go to your Trash or Recycle Bin – they will be truly GONE. Learn how to protect your photos.

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Making Your Decision: Whether to Use Lightroom Classic or CC

Which Should I Use - Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic?

Which Should I Use

Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic or Lightroom 6?

Which Should I Use?

In this article I explain how the the programs differ in approach, and I list pros and cons of staying with Classic vs. switching to CC.

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List of features in Lightroom Classic not in Lightroom CC

The Definitive List

Of What You Can and Can’t Do in Lightroom CC Compared to Classic

Be Sure Lightroom CC Will Do What You Need It To!

Detailed feature comparison – read this before deciding whether to switch!

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Creative Cloud Photography Program Pricing

Adobe Cloud Subscription Plans

Frequently Asked Questions


Learn how Adobe’s Creative Cloud and Lightroom CC cloud subscriptions work – what you’ll have on your computer vs. in the cloud, what happens to your photos when you stop subscribing, and much more.

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What’s New in Lightroom Mobile and Web

Lightroom CC iOS, Android and Web

What's New in Lightroom CC Mobile and Web

Lightroom for Mobile and Web

Learn what’s new in Lightroom mobile for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, and in Lightroom web.

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  1. […] big updates to mobile and web capabilities.  Come to the meeting to learn more.  Laura Shoe has a good blog post with more […]

  2. Neil Vonhof October 18, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Great information from you today Laura. Thanks so much for your work……we really appreciate you! Aloha nui loa from Maui.

    • Laura Shoe October 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Neil – thank you for your note!

  3. Des Thureson October 18, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Looks interesting. My disappointment is that today when I saw an update to Lightroom 6 was available in the Lightroom CC control centre (I don’t know what it’s called – the icon at the top of the Mac screen), it said that Lightroom Classic was available but said nothing at all about it being a subscription. Nothing. Now it’s installed I have to decide if I’ll keep it and start a subscription, or somehow remove it and perhaps re-download LR6 … if that’s even possible? I think Adobe should have made the subscription-only nature if Lightroom Classic much much clearer.

    • Laura Shoe October 18, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

      The CC app only shows subscription products, Des – maybe you have it installed because you did a free trial? You can download and reinstall Lightroom 6 if you want to, but your Lightroom Classic 7 catalog can’t be opened into LR 6 – it’s not backwards compatible. (However, if you have done work in 7 that you want to get into 6 you could save to XMP (Metadata>Save Metadata to Files) and then import into 6 (or if the photos are already in 6 go to Metadata>Read Metadata from files). You would just lose your range mask work.

      • Des Thureson October 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

        Thanks for that reply and extra information Laura.

      • Ingo October 23, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

        Hey Laura,
        no it doesn´t.
        My Lightroom 6 standalone version and my Photoshop CS 6 are shown and updated throught the CC App since one or two years or so.
        I have the same problem as Des. The App just showed an update like in the last months, installed the subscription only Classic crap and completly deleted my LR 6 Version… I will not pay 10 bucks per month for new features I dont need.

        I saw an article from your hp that told me how to revert back to a previous version of LR. I will try that and hope it will work. I guess all my LR settings will be lost though….

        Any ideas for this problems ?
        Should I just install it and delete the LR Classic afterwards ?

        Any help is greatly appreciated 🙂
        Keep up the good work !

  4. Susan October 19, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Thank you, Laura, that we can always count on you to bring us the latest Lr news, features, and help for deciding if, when, and to what version we should upgrade.

    • Laura Shoe October 19, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

      You’re welcome, Susan! What are you going to do?

  5. Rafael October 20, 2017 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Shall we update Lr mobile?

    • Laura Shoe October 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Yes, go ahead and update mobile, Rafael, but if you are a Lightroom Classic user, beware that keywords you assign in mobile won’t sync to Classic. Folders also won’t sync to Classic’s collection sets.

  6. Peter McDonald October 21, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Hi! I will be very interested to read about the pro’s and con’s of using Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC together. I am thinking that the combination might suit me, even if it is a bit complicated.

  7. […] Laura Shoe: Umfangreiche Infos zu den beiden neuen Programmen […]

  8. Steve Schneider November 9, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    When is Adobe going to REALLY address the problem of LR’s side panels and filmstrip going black. Lots of time. Their remedy of hiding and then opening LR each time is a joke. I am a MAC user. It is not MAC’s fault. LR 6 never had this problem. The stand alone version. It started when they had the online subscription program.

  9. Steve Schneider November 10, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

    The stand alone LR 6 did not. It seemed to start happening when they went to the cloud version of LR6. I have the stand alone version on one of my computers and it has never happened. I have the LR CC on one computer and it still happens. I also have LR Classic on my laptop and it happens. It is an Adobe problem. Adobe knows all about this problem, you can read about it on their support page. Yes, I have given my feedback and all I get from them is it is a MAC and PC problem not a Adobe. I am ready to move on to another product. Adobe must take this problem seriously. You should tell them to work on this problem and not pass the buck

    • Laura Shoe November 16, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that that is the case for you, Steve, but it has been happening to others since Lightroom 5.

  10. Shari November 18, 2017 at 9:41 am - Reply


    I purchased the standalone versions of Elements 14 and Lr 6 a few years ago and later went with the creative cloud subscription to include Photoshop. How can I tell if I still have Lr 6 installed and how would I access it? Also, I used to be able to select Elements when I would right-click a photo in Lr and chose “Edit in” – now the option is only Photoshop. Can I change that to include Elements in the choices? Sometimes I just want to use the healing tool to remove a spot or blight with more precision. I have the new Nikon D850 and need to be able to edit NEF/RAW files in Lr so I am ready to upgrade to Lr Classic but don’t want to lose my standalone versions just in case I quit the subscription someday.

    Sorry if this is a very rudimentary or redundant question and is posted in the wrong thread. I’m just nervous about this upgrade on the one hand but need to process my NEF files as soon as I can.

    THANK YOU, Shari

    • Laura Shoe December 2, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Hi Shari, Lightroom 6 is “Adobe Lightroom” in your Program Files (PC) or Applications (Mac) folder. To list Elements, go into Preferences and on the External Editing tab, add the Elements program to the Additional Editor section (navigate to the PC .exe or Mac .dmg program file.) This is covered in my Photoshop (and Elements) Preferences video in my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond series.

  11. Ruth November 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks for accepting me for your newsletter, we all seem to be needing all the help we can get at the moment. I find it astounding that Adobe have made this switch/expansion so complicated.

    I’m sorry, this might be a bit longwinded. I want eventually to install Lightroom Classic, alongside what I already have, and I’m very anxious not to make a mistake and end up with the cloud LR.

    I have a Mac, OS 10.10, and am a CC subscriber. In the Creative Cloud app list I have LR5 which I know is a stand-alone perpetual app, and I have Lightroom CC (2015), which has an update button beside it, and if I click on What’s New, it says Lightroom 6.13, bug fixes and new camera support. LR Classic is not listed.

    Some time ago, when there were problems with on-line downloads, I had to get a direct download .dmg package direct from Adobe (via Pro-Design Tools, very helpful). I still have the setup.dmg file in a folder called LR 2015.7 update.

    So, after all that, my question is, is that update Lightroom 6.13 going to work? Will it work with the installed direct download 2015.7, and is it definitely NOT the cloud version.

    As I said, longwinded, thank you for your patience.

    • Laura Shoe December 2, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Welcome Ruth! To get Classic to show up I would suggest signing out of the CC application (click on the gear icon) and signing back in again. If you also want to update CC 2015 to 2015.13, you can click on Update next to CC 2015.

      Unfortunately I can’t always answer questions posted here right away (though I wish I could!) For quicker answers, the forums are your best bets – I like lightroomforums.net.

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