Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom CC

Did the name of the desktop version of Lightroom change?

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic is the renamed version of the Lightroom application you have used in the past, and it is optimized for desktop-focused workflows, including local storage of your photos in files and folders on your computer. The interface, photo import and organization functionality, and editing feature set are much the same as before. We are continuing to invest in Lightroom Classic.

What are the differences between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom is the new cloud-based photo service that works across desktop, mobile, and web. Lightroom Classic is the desktop-focused digital photography product.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Classic

Adobe Lightroom


Where you prefer to do your digital photography work

Desktop only

Desktop, mobile, and web

Location of originals

Local hard drive


File backup

Not included


Ease of use

Most comprehensive

Intuitive, streamlined

Organization and photo search

Manual keywords

Automatic tagging and intelligent search

Buying options

You can purchase Lightroom on its own or as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, with both plans starting at US$9.99/mo.
Lightroom Classic is available as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan, starting at US$9.99/mo.

What happens to my photos if I exceed my allotment of cloud storage?

If you run out of storage, your new photos will be saved only on the devices they came from. They’ll no longer be backed up to the cloud or synced across your devices, and they won’t be automatically tagged for easy keyword search within Lightroom. The photos you have already backed up to the cloud will still be accessible on all your devices. 

If you need more storage, you can upgrade a 20GB plan to 1TB or boost your total storage to 2TB, 5TB, or 10TB, starting at US$9.99/mo per terabyte. To purchase more storage, call 800-585-0774. To upgrade your existing plan, sign in to your Adobe ID account (Plans & Products > Manage plan > Switch plan). For detailed instructions, see Change your Creative Cloud plan.

Purchase by phone: 800-915-9451