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What’s the Difference Between Lightroom 6 vs. Lightroom CC 2015?

The new version of Adobe Lightroom 6/CC was released for direct download recently, and we keep getting questions from readers like this one:

Are Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC the same?
If not, then what are all the differences between Lightroom 6 vs. Lightroom CC?

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…so we thought it was time to write a new article about this topic.

Here’s the answer, with the differences put simply:

Lightroom 6 is the core program running on your desktop – the new version that follows Lightroom 5, with significant features and improvements added since LR5. Adobe is offering two options to customers, and the Lightroom 6 route is a perpetual license – basically standalone static software. The updates that Lightroom 6 users receive going forward will be for bug fixes and new camera and lens profiles only, but not new feature upgrades that Lightroom CC customers will receive on an ongoing basis.

Lightroom CC 2015 takes Lightroom 6 and offers it via subscription together with access to integrated mobile apps (like Lightroom Mobile) and online services (like Lightroom Web with unlimited online photo storage).  Lightroom CC also gives you ongoing new feature updates as soon as they are available – including the popular Dehaze and Boundary Warp functions, as well as the new Guided Upright feature and Local B&W Adjustment Sliders – none of which are in LR6.

Adobe describes it like this:

If you have Lightroom as part of a Creative Cloud subscription, you already have access to this upgrade. You can download right away, with no additional cost. All of these updates are also available as part of the CC Photography plan, where Lightroom CC comes together with Photoshop CC for just $9.99/mo USD.

You can also buy a traditional license of Lightroom 6 for $149 (“full” – for those new to Lightroom) or $79 (“upgrade” – for previous Lightroom customers). All upgrades from older Lightroom versions (LR1-LR5) can now only be purchased online direct (if necessary, change your region in the lower left corner).

Please note that this latter (standalone) version of Lightroom does not have access to any of the mobile or web workflows supported by Creative Cloud, and only Creative Cloud members receive ongoing feature updates.

Dehaze and Boundary Warp Features Available in Lightroom CC

The New Lightroom CC Dehaze Feature (Roll Over or Tap for the Before & After)

The new Dehaze filter is already available in Lightroom CC 2015 (roll over or tap image).

Learn More About Lightroom CC's New Boundary Warp Feature

Lightroom CC – Use the new Boundary Warp feature to fill out stitched panoramas.

How often will Lightroom CC receive new feature updates? Well, based on two years of experience with the other CC tools, we expect functionality will be upgraded about once every 3-4 months… Also note that with this version, Lightroom is changing over to an annual cycle for major releases – so we should see Lightroom CC 2016 coming out next year, together with the other CC apps. (We don’t know and haven’t heard about a Lightroom 7 yet.)

Importantly, the free Lightroom trial starts off as LR CC, but can easily be converted to LR 6 if that’s what you want to buy instead. After you make the standalone purchase, the product branding will transform to Lightroom 6 and you will lose access to the mobile app and web features, as well as included future upgrades. To change the Lightroom CC 2015 trial on your system over a perpetual license, you would then follow these instructions after receiving your serial number.

Finally, as with all other CC apps, you do not have to be online all the time to use this new release of Lightroom – whether you go with CC or 6… You can also share catalogs between Lightroom CC and LR6, or migrate catalogs from older versions of Lightroom. And if you stop subscribing to Lightroom CC, you will continue to have access to your work.

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What Else You Get in Lightroom CC That’s Not in Lightroom 6

The gracious and ever-popular Julieanne Kost has a terrific free training series on Learning Lightroom 6/CC – but here in these videos below, she covers what Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Web are all about and how to use them:

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

See Also

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  1. Marina

    I am using the trial version of lightroom 6. I am coming to the end of the trial and want to purchase the software that is already working well on my machine… can I do so without CC, and if so how much does it cost as a stand alone application – or is the monthly plan the only way to purchase a serial number?

    Please advise, it doesn’t seem obvious on my end.

  2. Steve

    Hi. I’m hoping you can assist. I am trying to install Lightroom 6 on one of my computers. I have run into an issue after I am asked to enter my Adobe ID where the program installs as Lightroom CC and not the standalone Lightroom 6. It seems that as soon as I enter my Adobe ID that I am signed into my Creative Cloud account.

    How can I avoid having that happen? When I install the Lightroom 6 file I am not provided any option to enter my serial number, it automatically defaults to Lightroom CC. The computer in question has CS6 Design and Web Premium, Technical Communication Suite 5 and Technical Communication Suite 2015. I mention this as I am a Creative Cloud subscriber but it is NOT installed on the computer on which I am trying to install LIghtroom 6.

    Any assistance would be appreciated


  3. lynne heldenbrand

    If i start with the Lightroom CC for PC and then switch to a Mac, can my subscription be changed without major problems?

  4. Laurie

    Just bought a macbook and trying to fill it with all Photographic tools.

    Question 1. CC vs Just install. I have never mastered Photoshop. I love Lightroom 6. Do I really need the CC.

    Question 2. What happens when there is no Wifi. I’ll shoot in areas where there is none.

    I’m not a pro and not an amateur. I will be doing more in a few years when I retire.


  5. Collette

    If you have LR6 on a computer and the computer crashes and you lose LR6, can you re-install it? Or do you have to contact Adobe and then they tell you that your serial number is not valid?

  6. George Quittner

    If I upgrade from LR 6 to CC what happens to all the changes, presets etc. with almost 20,000 photos? Can I leave LR 6 on my computer and revert to it if I cancel my subscription?

  7. John

    I have Lightroom 6 which I purchased, have the install serial code, but recently through updates it has changed over to Lightroom CC. I did not purchase CC and I can’t get back into my Lightroom develop module. What goes?

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