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Adobe Beefs-up Lightroom with CC Cloud Photography Service

- 7 years ago

Adobe’s new integrated cloud-based service enables easy editing, organising, storing, and sharing of photography from anywhere. Here, we outline the details as provided by Adobe team, today

Adobe has announced the all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC cloud-based photography service. Launched over a decade ago, Lightroom became the industry’s leading desktop application for editing and organising photography. Now in an increasingly mobile-centric world, and with major improvements in smartphone cameras, Lightroom is transforming digital photography again. Built for professionals and enthusiasts, the new Lightroom CC fulfils the demands of today’s photographers for a more accessible, cloud-based photography service for editing, organising, storing and sharing their photos from wherever they are.

Featuring a streamlined user interface, Lightroom CC enables powerful editing in full resolution across mobile, desktop, and the web. With Lightroom CC, photographers can make edits on one device and automatically synchronise their changes everywhere. Lightroom CC makes organising photography collections easier with features like searchable keywords that are automatically applied without the hassle of tagging. And Lightroom CC makes it simple to share photos on social media.

Bryan Lamkin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media at Adobe, told PhotoBite: “As the leader in digital photography, today Adobe is unveiling Lightroom CC, our next generation photography service. Lightroom CC answers photographers’ demand for a deeply integrated, intelligent, cloud-based photography solution.”

Key Lightroom CC capabilities include:

·         The most powerful image editing technology: Built on the same imaging technology that powers Photoshop and Lightroom, Lightroom CC offers a new streamlined interface with easy-to-use sliders, presets, and quick adjustment tools.

·         Edit anywhere: Lightroom CC allows photographers to edit full-resolution photos anywhere – on mobile devices, desktop, or the web. Edits made on onedevice are automatically synced across devices for anywhere access.

·         Worry free backup, cloud storage: Lightroom CC has scalable storage options for safe and secure back up of full resolution photos, including raw files.

·         Powered by Adobe Sensei: Adobe Sensei’s machine learning technology automatically apply searchable keywords to objects in photographs, making organisation in Lightroom CC effortless. 

·         Built-in sharing tools: Lightroom CC makes it easy to share photos directly via social media and to create custom Lightroom web galleries that can be shared via link. Photographers can also share their work through new Adobe Portfolio integration with Lightroom CC.

·         Updated award-winning mobile and web experiences:

o     Lightroom CC for mobile on iOS: Built-in search functionality powered by Adobe Sensei, keyword support, hierarchical album support, an enhanced iPad app layout, and iOS 11 files support.

o     Lightroom CC for mobile on Android: Tablet support and a local adjustments brush, along with the same built-in search functionality, keyword support, and hierarchical album support as seen in the iOS app.

o     Lightroom CC for web: Ability to create and manage a public gallery page, and enhanced integration with Adobe Portfolio, which enables subscribers to easily import collections and publish their best shots to a customised Portfolio website in just a few clicks.

Updates to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC

Major updates to Lightroom Classic CC, previously known as Lightroom CC, include an enhanced Embedded Preview workflow that enables users to scroll through large sets of photos to select a subset of images significantly faster than before. Lightroom Classic CC also features new editing capabilities, including a new Colour Range and Luminance Masking functionality that enables users to apply precise edits. As contrasted with the cloud-centric, anywhere workflows of Lightroom CC, the new Lightroom Classic CC continues to focus on a more traditional desktop-first workflow with local storage and file and folder control.

Availability, Plans, and Pricing

The all new Lightroom CC is available across three photography plans:

·         For photographers that want an all-in-one plan that offers the full benefits of the Lightroom CC service plus the transformative power of Photoshop, the Creative Cloud Photography plan with 1 TB includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom for mobile and web, Photoshop CC, Adobe Spark with premium features, Adobe Portfolio, and 1 TB of cloud storage (£16.64/month excl. VAT, but available at £12.48/month excl. VAT for the first year for existing Creative Cloud Photography customers)

·         Lightroom CC has also been added to the existing Creative Cloud Photography plan with an additional 20 GB of storage to help users get started on the new service. This plan remains at £8.32/month excl. VAT and includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom for mobile and web, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC, Adobe Spark with premium features, Adobe Portfolio, and 20 GB of cloud storage. Creative CloudAll Apps members also have access to the new Lightroom CC service.

·         The all new Lightroom CC plan addresses the needs of photographers who want a cloud-based photography service for editing, organising, storing and sharing their photos from wherever they are, and includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom for mobile and web, Adobe Spark with premium features, AdobePortfolio, and 1 TB of cloud storage (£8.32/month excl. VAT)

For those who are truly mobile and don’t require a desktop photography solution, the Lightroom Mobile plan is available with 100 GB for iOS (£4.49/month) and Android (£4.39/month).

For more information on available plans, please visit

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.