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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is Dead! Long Live Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC!

Artcle written October 18th 2017

Adobe has released a new version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. It looks like they have continued their experiment in how to make Photoshop and Lightroom the most confusing products available. Let me try to explain the latest debacle. If you're already familiar with how Photoshop and Lightroom became Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC, click to skip to the latest info on the new Lightroom CC.

I'm also happy to explain all this in the Adobe Lightroom class, offered regularly at Colorado Photography School.

A brief history of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

I'll start at the beginning. Back in the 1990s, there once was a program called Adobe Photoshop with version 1, 2, 3 etc. This quickly became the top of the line, professional image editing program. Adobe bought more companies and bundled their software into the Creative Suite (or CS). Plain old Photoshop became Photoshop CS, it also had versions (CS1, CS2 etc.). Photoshop was very expensive so they decided to release image editing software that only had the basic tools to edit, it wasn't Photoshop, and bore little resemblance to it, but to boost sales they leveraged their brand and called it Photoshop Elements, much to the confusion of everyone. Many people felt ripped off when they realized they didn't in fact own the excellent Photoshop, but a stipped down version. So to be clear, Photoshop Elements is not Photoshop. So for the rest of this, "Photoshop" refers to the top of the line image editing software, not Elements.

Confused yet? Oh you will be!

So, Photoshop now has several versions, to continue their experiment in confusion, a new piece of software was released that everyone called Lightroom. The full and correct name is actually Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Yes, Lightroom is actually another version of Photoshop, except it isn't, works nothing like it, and is entirely different. Adobe began to version Lightroom as well, from 1.0 up to version 6. I'm not going to add the Photoshop prefix to the name of Lightroom here, as it's already getting confusing, but it should be there!

The strength of Lightroom is speeding up workflow and batch editing images, with exposure fixes, color issues, resizing or adding watermarks to hundreds of images in a few clicks. Lightroom quickly gained popularity and for good reason. It has shorted the time it takes for me to edit the images from a wedding, from days, to hours, and I do more work on each image than I ever used to. But Lightroom can't do everything. Working in layers, blending multiple images, or complex object removal is not possible (or super clunky) in Lightroom, so Photoshop is still needed.

Photoshop still costs a small fortune (around $800), Lightroom was $300 on release, which dropped to half that in version 3. Then a few years ago they introduced a subscription based payment. You could pay $19.99 a month for any of the software Adobe produced, and that was the cost per software. So Lightroom and Photoshop was $40 a month. The advantage to the subscription based model was you didn't have to pay when the next version came out. You were upgraded, and you just kept paying the monthly fee. On Black Friday a few years ago, Photoshop and Lightroom were bundled into a package deal and offered for one year at $9.99 a month. This was a no-brainer. You get $1000 for $120 a year, and when the upgrades come out you don't have to re-buy the software. I signed up right away!

The new monthly subscription model required a new name, to differentiate it from the old buy once model. Lightroom and Photoshop became Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC respectively. CC stands for Creative Cloud, a new platform from which Adobe plans to sell all their products. I think Adobe must have been swamped with the Black Friday deal orders, because the Black Friday deal never went away, and is still on the Adobe website, as the "Photography Plan". This is how it's been for some time. Lightroom CC, plus Photoshop CC for $9.99 a month, is a great deal.

The New Lightroom CC

TL;DR - The regular photography Plan and a subscription to Backblaze still seem the best deal to me

So Adobe, decided to change things up again with a new product. It's an image editor, like Lightroom with simplified controls, that works on photos, tablets and desktops. The cool part is, if you edit your images anywhere, it will sync to all the other locations. Pretty cool right? So they called it Lightroom Elements, Or Lightroom Mobile, or Lightroom Sync? No, they called it Lightroom CC. Yes their new product has the name of their old product, What was Lightroom CC is now Lightroom Classic CC, or to give it it's full name, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC. Not to be confused with Photoshop CC or the new Lightroom CC. I'm shaking my head right now!!

Idiots! Classic Adobe. No hang on, by classic I didn't mean Classic, I meant.... oh never mind!

My big issue is there are thousands of articles on how to use Lightroom CC (the now classic version), which are now irrelevant, because they are not referring to the newest spinoff of Lightroom. Why for the love of sanity did they do this? So here's the current list of Adobe software, and what it is.

  • Photoshop CC - The full latest version of the top of the line software.
  • Lightroom Classic CC - The full desktop version of Lightroom and the one I would still recommend.
  • Lightroom CC - A simplified version of Lightroom Classic CC, with edit, rating and keyword syncing capabilities.
  • Photoshop Elements - Just dont do it! I believe this has gone away, but I'm sure it'll keep popping up.

Then, because they clearly hate us all, and want to prove we're in some bizarre experiment of how much we can take, Adobe added a new subscription model. The previous Photography Plan is still called "Photography Plan", and the new one is "Lightroom CC Plan".

The Photography Plan ($9.99 a month) now includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC (the new one, although yesterday I was not able to download it), and 20GB of cloud storage. That might sound a lot, but I shoot 30-40GB on a Saturday as a wedding photographer. So to use the cloud I would have to pay for more storage.

The other option now is Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC and 1TB of storage, so lots of storage, but no Photoshop.

The third option, is the Photography Plan with the 1TB for $19.99 a month.

Remember Lightroom as a standalone, buy once, software is between $80 (on sale) to $150 (Amazon price as I write this). They haven't really done a major upgrade for a few years, only a few incremental new changes to existing tools. If I had Lightroom 5, I don't know if I would have been persuaded to even buy Lightroom 6 without the subscription, and I did upgrade because the subscription included the full version of Photoshop CC. Having the latest version of both is nice, and was another reason to go monthly, so again, a hot deal. Take Photoshop CC out of the deal and, in my opinion, it's lukewarm at best.

Yes you get 1Tb of storage, but I have a subscription with Backblaze for $50 a year that has unlimited storage, syncs new files automatically and best of all is unlimited. I have several terrabytes stored safely with them. If the worst happens, my images are safe. And did I mention, the storage is UNLIMITED (for $50 a year).

Photography Plan and Lightroom Plan - By the Numbers

Let's look at the numbers,

  • For $240 a year ($20 x12) I get 1TB cloud storage, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC.
  • For $170 a year (Photography Plan plus Backblaze) I get unlimited storage, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC!

I would be paying $70 a year extra for the new syncing abilities!! I just don't think I'm into the convenience of synced edits as much Adobe hopes I am. All I appear to be getting is the ability to sync my fixes from tablet/phone to desktop or vice versa. This could be handy at times. Useful for Instagram for sure. But I have Dropbox, email and other apps to move files. So to make it really worthwhile, I have to pay for more cloud storage, or give up Photoshop. And for me at least, this doesn't seem like a good deal.

I see this as an effort to appeal to people who don't understand Photoshop and aren't prepared to learn (so think they don't need it), or those who don't know there are better options for cloud storage. To me this is an effort to push sales in their cloud storage. The frustrating part is, if they offered unlimited storage for an extra $50 (the same deal as I have with Backblaze), I would be pretty happy to pay Adobe more.

So I hope this has cleared up some of the nonsense. The Photography plan is the one I still recommend. It includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom Classic CC and that will do for me. For mobile editing I have Snapseed, and to sync I have Dropbox and the existing Lightroom Mobile app, which is probably going away soon. Watch this space!!

To be fair and balanced, I can see myself using the new Lightroom CC features on a collection to sync pictures I want to share on Instagram. This collection would never be too big as, once it's posted, I can can remove it from the collection (optionally adding a keyword to track images already posted). This helps get around the decision by Instagram to not allow you to upload images from your desktop, as Instagram is another company that seems to enjoy not giving their customers what they actually want, and they still make gobs of money. Here at Colorado Photography School we have a weird business model, we try our best to please everyone who comes to a class, and don't make gobs of money. Maybe I'm doing it wrong?

After I get to play with the new Lightroom CC, I'll hopefully have a better opinion, but for now, the regular photography Plan and a subscription to Backblaze still seem the best deal to me.

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