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What’s new in Lightroom CC?

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful image editing tool that can edit your images with a variety of features. Now, there are two versions of Adobe Lightroom, namely Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC. There is a considerable difference in functionality as well as overall workflow.

Between the two, Lightroom CC is the latest version. Adobe Lightroom CC is server-based, whereas Lightroom Classic CC is the one which works offline mostly, Using Adobe Creative Cloud, you can have all your work seamlessly synchronized across different platforms.

What’s new in Lightroom CC?

While some features are missing from Lightroom CC, but present in Lightroom Classic CC, there is a lot to get excited for. With new features such as Auto keyword adding, a geotagging map, a slideshow feature, you have the liberty to do more with your photos. In Lightroom CC, you can even apply presets to metadata as well as new imports. Another useful feature in Lightroom CC is the smart collections tool.

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Let’s discuss some points that set the two versions apart:

1. Image categories:

There are two views, in which your images are organized in Lightroom Classic CC. One is the virtual preview aka Collections, and a folder view. The virtual view is a collection of images as per the software’s import and other presets and settings. The folder view lets you see where your photos are present on the hard drive. On the other hand, in Lightroom CC thee is only one method of organization which is Albums. The Albums folder is a virtual categorization of photos under different names and doesn’t appear this way on the hard drive.

2. Keywords:

In both the versions, you have the option to differentiate an categorize photos by using keywords in the metadata of the file. In Lightroom Classic CC you can add structured keywords based on a hierarchy. You can manually add them and work accordingly. Whereas in the newer Lightroom CC, the Adobe AI assistant ‘Sensei’ does most of the work and organizes your images by assigning keyword as per the content of the photo. It is a great feature that works fast and lets you come back to them later.

3. Editing Tools:

The editing tools present in both versions set them apart in how they function. The Lightroom Classic CC has powerful features such as Tone Curve or Split Toe panels. These features are missing from the Lightroom CC, although some updates have changed it to some extent.

4. Panorama:

Lightroom Classic CC has its own powerful stitching panorama tool which lets you make panoramas out of overlapping frames in photos. Lightroom CC, on the other hand, doesn’t have this feature yet.


There are many features and design elements that separate Lightroom Classic CC from Lightroom CC. In some ways, Classic CC has an edge over the newer version and in other vice versa. The newer version seems like a more streamlined tool to process and work faster and avoid the in-depth tools of Lightroom Classic CC. Overall, Lightroom CC is a great upgrade, but leaves something back in Lightroom Classic CC, to move forward in functionality.

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