Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom CC your choice

Adobe is taking lightroom on line Lightroom cc is now Adobes new Lightroom that is an online service where your photos will be available to you any place you have a device and an internet connection.  After using it for a couple of months I can say the Lightroom cc plan will be nice for someone who wants to have photos available anytime anyplace.  I find that with my slower than slow Spectrum internet service that the online version will not be for me.

Lightroom Classic - This is Lightroom 7 like the old Lightroom your photos are stored locally on your hard drives. 
1. Speed: I can now cull through my images without seeing the loading notice. Once Lightroom converts your library over you will be amazed by the speed improvements.
TIP: import and culling workflow with “Embedded & Sidecar” preview option, use the embedded sidecar for the best speed results.

2. Color and Luminance masking in the adjustment brush &  Graduated filter, with these new features you can select a color (multiple color areas by holding the shift key when using the picker) the multiple color pick seems to only allow 5 areas to be selected at one time. once selected you can adjust the saturation, exposure or any of the adjustments and it will only have an effect on the color you picked. This feature reminds me of how NIK control points work, but Adobe says it isn't the same.

Luminance masking works by adding a brush and then adjusting the luminosity for the area you selected. you can mask out areas and then use the sliders to adjust the luminosity levels
in the tones you selected. 

TIP: When you first start using these new features I found that using the mask overlay helps you see what areas of the photograph are being affected as you move the sliders. of the new masking features.


What’s the difference between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic?

Going forward, the product you’ve known as Lightroom will be rebranded “Lightroom Classic CC”.  Why change? We have introduced a new photography service that will now be called “Lightroom CC”. It is designed to be cloud-based ecosystem of apps that are deeply integrated and work together seamlessly across desktop, mobile, and web.  Lightroom Classic CC is designed for desktop-based (file/folder) digital photography workflows. It’s a well established workflow solution that is distinct and separate from our new cloud-native service.  By separating the two products we’re allowing Lightroom Classic to focus on the strengths of a file/folder based workflow that many of you enjoy today, while Lightroom CC addresses the cloud/mobile oriented workflow.


What’s new in Lightroom Classic CC:

Improved performance in the following areas:

  • Application launch time
  • Preview generation
  • Import and culling workflow with “Embedded & Sidecar” preview option
  • Switching between Library and Develop Module
  • Moving from photo to photo in the Develop Module
  • More responsive brushing

We've also added fine control over selections with Range Masking:

  • We have added new tools to make precise color and tone-based selections for Local Adjustments.
  • The new Color and Luminance Range Masking tools are available for use with all the Local Adjustments (Radial Gradient, Graduated Filter, and Local Adjustment Brush). Range Masking is useful when making complex selections.


Highlights of Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC is designed and built around 3 guiding principles:

  • Powerful Yet Simple- Lightroom CC will offer the powerful image editing that you want, while being simple and intuitive to use. Our goal is that it will have everything you need and nothing you don’t.
  • Seamless experience across all your devices - Lightroom CC will work the same across desktop, mobile and web. This allows you to move across your devices without needing to relearn or figuring things out. Your photos and edits are all where you’d expect them to be.
  • Cloud Based - Everything you do in Lightroom CC is synced to the cloud. This means that you can access and work with your photos from any device (including multiple computers), and can easily share photos with others. All of your photos and all of the work that you do with them will be automatically backed up all the time.