Lightroom CC: Try It and Learn It

Whether you’re sharing photos to Instagram or hanging them on your bedroom wall, finding a simple and high quality way to manage your photos across devices can be a daunting task. If you’ve been looking to try out a different workflow, Lightroom CC may be the right move for you. From guided editing, to preset syncing across devices, Lightroom CC makes editing on both mobile and desktop intuitive for all levels. With Lightroom CC, you no longer have to worry about managing or backing up your photos, and you have access to your photos across multiple devices.

So why not give it a try? You can download Lightroom CC here, and learn even more reasons to
try it below. Need help getting started? We’re also sharing some bonus tips and tricks for test-driving Lightroom CC at the end of this post.

Cloud storage and sync with Lightroom CC

Now with Lightroom CC, you have access to your photos anywhere you go — stored safely in the cloud and available on any device.

Learn fast with “tool tips” in Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC’s in-app tool tips can be used to guide you through the workflow and editing process, helping you make your images truly stand out.

Use custom presets across devices with Lightroom CC

Want to save a look you love? Lightroom CC syncs your favorite presets and profiles so they are available to you from all your devices.

Flexible sharing with Lightroom CC

You’re edit is finished — now it’s time to share. Quickly share your photos with friends, family, and followers, directly from Lightroom CC.

Using smart keywords in Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC’s intelligent AI-driven search makes managing photos quick and easy.

So you’ve downloaded Lightroom CC and you’re ready to give it a shot. We’ve got 5 tips to help you test-drive Lightroom CC to see if it’s right for you:

  1. Understand how Lightroom CC functions differently from Lightroom Classic.
    A key difference lies in storage. Lightroom CC stores your photos in the cloud, while Lightroom Classic backs up photos on your hard drive, or an external drive. Lightroom CC also:
  1. Backup your photos.
    Turn on Mobile Sync in Lightroom Classic so that your new photos are synced back to your Lightroom Classic library. Before testing Lightroom CC, however, you should schedule a backup for your existing photos, including backing up your database of edits and organization (known as your Lightroom catalog). Note: Backups executed from Lightroom Classic include only the catalog file. You must independently back up your edited photos and anything exported from Lightroom Classic. Learn more.
  2. Start simple.
    Identify 50-100 unedited photos that you would like to use for this test drive. Why 50-100? This volume of photos will ensure you have a manageable library of images to work with. If you only import a few photos, you won’t be able to check out Lightroom CC’s broad range of editing and organizational features, such as keyword search. However, if you import too many, your test-drive process could take a long time depending on the bandwidth of your internet connection. Note: Once your images or catalog become migrated, your images automatically sync to the cloud.
  3. Steps to import into Lightroom CC.
    Adding photos to Lightroom CC involves a few simple steps. (Tip: When testing out Lightroom CC, don’t migrate your complete Lightroom Classic catalog at this point.) For now, just test out your 50-100 photos in Lightroom CC. You can select a few sample photos first from your hard drive, and then you can preview your photos before importing. You can also decide if you want to add your photos into an existing or new album. When you import, they will be full-resolution and stored in the cloud. You will have access to them on any of your devices. Learn more about adding images to Lightroom CC.
  4. Export and share a photo.
    There are countless sharing possibilities in Lightroom CC, such as exporting directly to email, Instagram, or into a Lightroom CC gallery. You can even make your photos public and available to others on the web or on their mobile device. Learn more about exporting and sharing your photos.

Don’t forget to download Lightroom CC here to see if it’s the right fit for your workflow.