ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM CC

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Make edits to one particular part of a photo

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Change colors and lighting in your photos

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Create a Preset of your favorite edits

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See how to transform your photos with Lightroom Classic

Make edits to one particular part of a photo

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Change colors and lighting in your photos

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Make edits to a series of photos

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Key differences

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Lightroom Classic

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Where you like to work Available on desktop, phone, tablet, and web Available on desktop only
Location of originals Cloud storage Storage on local hard drive
File back-up Automatic Manual, not included
User interface Streamlined interface across devices Familiar interface for experienced users
Organization & finding photos Automatic tagging and intelligent search Manual keywords

We recommend you try Lightroom.

When you take photos with your phone, you can easily import them into Lightroom and they will be automatically synced across desktop, mobile, and web.

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If you use a standalone camera like a DSLR, then your choice between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic will depend on which devices you use for editing, how you want to store and back up your photos, and how many photos you take.

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If you use both your mobile device and your standalone camera, then your choice between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic will depend on which devices you use for editing, how you want to store and back up your photos, and how many photos you take.

We’ll cover this in the next few questions.

We recommend you try Lightroom.

If you primarily use your phone or tablet for photo editing, Lightroom provides a powerful mobile app with a streamlined interface that gives you everything you need to edit, organize, store, and share your photos. Your photos are automatically synced across desktop, mobile, and web.

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If you prefer to access and edit photos primarily on your main desktop computer, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic both provide a powerful experience. Your choice between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic will depend more on your photo storage preferences.

We recommend you try Lightroom.

If you want to edit your photos using any device, we recommend Lightroom. Lightroom syncs all your photos automatically so that they’re available to edit and organize across desktop, mobile, and web.

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We recommend you try Lightroom.

If you prefer to store and back up your photos in the Adobe Creative Cloud, then we recommend Lightroom, which automatically syncs your photos and your photo edits in the cloud so you can access them anywhere.

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We recommend you try Lightroom Classic.

If you prefer to back up your photos manually and manage them on your own, then we recommend Lightroom Classic. You can have full control of your photos through manual syncing and local file storage.

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If you’re not sure how you want to back up your photos, a good place to start is by evaluating the benefits of cloud storage (automatic syncing and backups, available across any device) and how many photos you plan to take.

We recommend you try Lightroom.

If you take under 500 photos per week, we recommend Lightroom due to the ease of use and convenience of automatic syncing of photos, access to your photos on any device, and seamless workflows with similar editing and organizational interfaces across devices.

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We recommend you try Lightroom Classic.

If you take over 500 photos per week, we recommend you try Lightroom Classic. Lightroom Classic uses your local storage, giving you more control over the organization and storage for your photo library.

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We recommend you try Lightroom.

If you’re not sure, we recommend you try Lightroom due to the ease of use and convenience of automatic syncing of photos, access to your photos on any device, and seamless workflows with similar editing and organizational interfaces across devices.

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