- The Lightroom ecosystem includes applications for your computer and apps for your mobile devices. I'll start here by installing Lightroom applications on this Mac computer and then finish by installing Lightroom on my mobile devices. The computer applications are available for download after you purchase your Creative Cloud plan from the Adobe website, but before you look to install Lightroom on your computer, you should first install the Creative Cloud desktop application, because the Creative Cloud desktop app is the control center for everything Creative Cloud. That includes application installers and updaters. After you purchase your plan, you may be automatically directed to a Creative Cloud desktop installer, and if so, just follow the directions to install the app. If you're not automatically directed to the Creative Cloud desktop download, you can find it at this website here. I've already got the Creative Cloud installer downloaded here, so I'm going to go ahead and open this to install the Creative Cloud desktop app. If you're prompted to log into your Creative Cloud account, make sure that you sign in with the same credentials that you used when you purchased your subscription plan. The Creative Cloud desktop app has finished installing and I've got it open here. We're looking at the All Apps view which shows all of the available Creative Cloud applications, and you can see that a full Creative Cloud subscription includes a lot of apps. We can filter this down over here under Categories by clicking on photography. Here we see both of the desktop apps that we'll use for this course, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. Now, this is where you need to make a decision. If your Creative Cloud subscription includes both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic, you need to make a choice. You should pick just one of these applications. It's not a good idea to run both Lightroom apps side-by-side on the same computer. For the purpose of teaching you, I'm going to install both of them here, so please do as I say, not as I do. For my personal and professional workflow, I use Lightroom Classic on my computer and Lightroom on my phone and iPad, so I'll go ahead and click the Install button on each of these, and then while these are installing, let's talk a little bit about the pros and cons of each app. Lightroom CC automatically connects you and your photos to the Lightroom ecosystem. If you prefer to avoid file management decisions, and are looking for ease-of-use, then Lightroom CC is probably the best app for you. If you have a large photo library and wish not to incur additional cloud storage costs, and if you need professional features like printing and bulk editing, then you should choose Lightroom Classic. And if you're brand-new to Lightroom and choose to install Lightroom Classic, I really recommend taking some time to watch "Lightroom Classic CC Essential Training" with Chris Orwig before you continue with this course. Now let's take a look at installing Lightroom CC on mobile devices. I have an iPhone here, I'm going to tap on the App Store to bring that up. I'm going to tap on the search icon, which is in the lower right here, and then just type in Lightroom and it comes right up, and we'll see the downloader, Adobe Lightroom CC. I'll just tap on that cloud to download that to my phone. The experience on an Android phone is essentially the same, but we have a Google Play Store, so I'm going to tap on the icon to bring that up, and then search for Lightroom, comes right up here. Now I'll just tap on the Install button to install Lightroom on this Google phone. The iPad is very similar to the iPhone. We'll tap on the App Store and then tap on the search icon and then in the field where it says App Store, I'll type in Lightroom and that brings it up at the top of the list. And make sure that when you're using your iPad that you download and install the app that says Adobe Lightroom CC for iPad. There are two different mobile apps for iOS, one for iPhone and one for iPad. I'll tap on the cloud to begin download and installing that. Lightroom is also available for Google Chromebook, if you search the Google Play Store you'll find the Lightroom app there.
- What is the Lightroom ecosystem?
- Managing image files
- Managing the ecosystem with Lightroom on the web
- Avoiding accidental deletion of your photos
- Syncing Lightroom Classic with the Lightroom ecosystem
- Benefits of the Lightroom mobile app
- Editing in Lightroom
- Sharing and publishing web galleries