The original Lightroom, “Lightroom Classic” has an icon with square corners, while the cloud-dependent “Lightroom CC” has an icon with turquoise rounded corners.

Since 2017, Adobe have been offering two Mac/PC programs called Lightroom – one called “Lightroom Classic” and a new cloud-dependent program which they named “Lightroom CC”.

Yes, this is confusing. And no, I really don’t understand why Adobe couldn’t find a better name for the new cloud application. You cannot imagine how much time I have wasted helping people see which Lightroom is right for them, or helping those misled into installing Lightroom CC.

Adobe then compounded the confusion by marketing their subscriptions as the “Lightroom Plan” and the “Photography Plan”. So which would you immediately select if you want to get “Lightroom”?

  • What has always been called Lightroom is now officially “Lightroom Classic”. It is in their “Photography Plan” which also includes Photoshop
  • The only app in Adobe’s “Lightroom Plan” is the cloud-dependent¬† “Lightroom CC”, the Mac/PC equivalent of Lightroom Mobile

If you want real Lightroom, avoid the so-called “Lightroom Plan”. You need the “Photography Plan”.