Adobe Sheds Light on Lightroom

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Adobe continued the trend towards cloud-based apps with a new version of Lightroom. The move was part of a series of Creative Cloud updates.
It’s important to note that the locally installed version of Lightroom isn’t going away. However, Adobe wants to give creatives more freedom.
Of course, with the new version, Adobe’s giving Lightroom some nice upgrades to make it the perfect app for photographers.

The New Lightroom CC
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is the latest in a line of Adobe apps making the move to the cloud. In fact, Lightroom CC is available as part of the Photography plan starting at $9.99 per month. Of course, you can also get it as part of the All Apps plan for $49.99 per month if you want a robust collection of Adobe Creative Cloud apps.
Adobe released the latest version of Lightroom in October. It’s designed to be similar and have the same basic functions as previous versions. This means you’ll won’t have to spend hours trying to re-learn the tools.

Create And Edit Everywhere
Previously, you were forced to either carry your files around on a flash drive or store them with a cloud service. Of course, you also had to ensure any computer or device had Lightroom installed so you could continue editing your file.
With Lightroom CC, everything’s stored in the cloud, including the app itself. It doesn’t matter what device you’re using. As long as you’re able to log in to your Adobe account, you’re able to access Lightroom CC and any files you’ve created.
As with most cloud-based tools, Lightroom CC automatically adjusts to your screen size to making creating and editing on the go much easier. So, if you need to make a quick edit to a photo, log in via the web interface and you’re ready to edit to your heart’s content.

Ample Storage And Amazing Organization
Photos aren’t exactly small files, especially higher resolution photos. To ensure you have ample space for your creations, Adobe includes 1 TB of space as part of your plan. You can even boost it to up to 10 TB, though you probably won’t need that much, especially at first.
When you’re creating and editing that many photos, you need a way to keep everything organized. You probably have a great filing system in place on your desktop, but Adobe has a simple, yet effective organization model for you. Thanks to Adobe Sensei (Adobe’s machine learning tool), files are tagged with the names of people, places and more. Of course, you can manually add keywords for further organization.
Use Adobe Sensei to create themed albums. Or, just use the automatic tagging to quickly search for certain keywords, such as the name of the city you last vacationed in.

Share With The World
Since your files are already in the cloud, it’s easier than ever to share them with the world. Send them to friends, family members and even clients. Social sharing is built-in, so you can share your photos on Facebook with a click. Lightroom CC even integrates with Adobe Spark, allowing you to use your photos to create video stories, websites and more.
If you want to create a portfolio of your work, especially if you want something to show perspective clients, Lightroom CC works alongside Adobe Portfolio. Create your own portfolio website and upload your edited photos in just a few clicks or taps.

Getting Started
Adobe’s tried to make the transition as seamless as possible. This is why the interface is so familiar. To make it easy for new users and to ensure current users find all the great features, Adobe includes step-by-step tutorials. No matter what device you’re using, the UI is designed to make it quick and easy to make edits with intuitive and easy to tap (especially on mobile devices) menus and sliders.
Are you making the transition to Lightroom CC? If so, what do you think of the anywhere access as opposed to editing locally?