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Feb 13, 2018

Take Control of Lightroom CC

Import, manage and edit your photos expertly with Lightroom CC!

As more and more of us access and edit photos on many different devices—laptops, desktops, tablets, and phones—we increasingly expect a seamless experience, with our images and edits showing up on all our devices, immediately. To accommodate this shift, Adobe has released a new version of its Lightroom application, Lightroom CC, that is specifically designed for cloud interaction. Lightroom CC is streamlined and simplified, meant to appeal to those who want to do more than the basics with their photos, but who are intimidated by Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop.

In Take Control of Lightroom CC, photography expert Jeff Carlson gives a thorough, but accessible, guide to the new Lightroom CC. He explains where it fits in the Lightroom ecosystem, then moves on to detail how to import, manage, and professionally edit your photos using Lightroom CC. For those who want to keep using Lightroom Classic CC, he also looks at how the two programs can work together.

“After 20 years of struggling to stay on top of family photos I now have an effective workflow, tagging strategy and storage. I’m back in love with photography thanks to your eBook.” —Tony Stevenson

With this book, you’ll:

  • Get the big picture: See how Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic (as well as Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom for Web) work together
  • Build your photo library: Learn how to import photos from cameras, memory cards, and locations on your hard disk; automatically add mobile photos; and sync photos, taking advantage of Lightroom CC’s cloud-focused features.
  • Organize your photos: Organize your photo library with rating and tagging, find photos using Adobe Sensei, manage your storage options, and back up your library.
  • Edit your photos: Get a handle on essential editing basics (like working in the Edit panel); use crop, straighten, rotate and flip to re-orient photos; adjust lighting, color, and appearance; and apply presets.
  • Share your photos: Post images directly to your friends online in Facebook, export them to disk in order to share them elsewhere, or make an entire album public for people to view and, optionally, to download.
  • Work with Lightroom Classic CC: Learn how to migrate a Classic catalog, or discover how to run both programs together.

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What's New

Lightroom CC started off as a lean, cloud-centric cousin to Lightroom Classic CC, which means Adobe is being aggressive about adding features that didn’t show up in the initial 1.0 version. It’s a trend I hope continues as the software matures.

This version of the book has been updated to reflect changes introduced in Lightroom CC 1.1, released in December 2017, and Lightroom CC 1.2, released in February 2018:

  • For those who prefer curves to sliders when adjusting their photos’ tones, Adobe added the new Tone Curve tool. It’s a surprisingly powerful control within a compact interface.
  • When you want to add color to highlights and shadows, turn to the new Split Toning feature.
  • Lightroom CC now has the capability to view a photo fullscreen, without the application interface, something I do a lot when I’m looking over my edits. Press F in the Detail view.
  • The “Manage Storage on Disk” section has been reworked to reflect the refined approach Lightroom CC now takes, including the option to store a copy of all smart previews on your startup disk.
  • The Auto feature for automatically editing a photo now uses Sensei technology for improved results. I also added a sidebar about how Adobe uses your images to train its Sensei machine-learning service, and “How to Opt Out of Sensei Analysis” if you choose.
  • I accidentally omitted a section about applying titles, captions, and location data to your photos, which is now in “Add Essential Information.” Adobe added the capability to adjust a photo’s time and date after the first revision of this book was released, so I’m going to pretend I was just waiting for that to appear.

What platforms does this book cover?

Lightroom CC runs on both Windows and macOS, so the book covers both platforms.

Update Plans

February 12, 2018 – We have no immediate update plans, but if and when Adobe makes significant changes to Lightroom CC, we will consider releasing an update to cover them.

Posted by Joe Kissell

The Author

Jeff Carlson is a contributing editor of TidBITS, a columnist for the Seattle Times, a frequent contributor to Macworld, and the author of best-selling books on the Mac, video editing, digital photography, and, in earlier incarnations, Web design and Palm organizers. He consumes almost too much coffee. Almost.