Basic confusion - LR or LRC?

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Aug 02, 2020 Aug 02, 2020

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Hi, I am a very new user of Lightroom, I am confused with the difference between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic other than one is online and one is on my desk top. I have set up LR with all the presets I purchased as well as free downloads. Do I now have to go and do exactly the same with LRC? Or do I only need one of them? Please keep advice simple as IT language is a tad confusing - Thanks

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 02, 2020 Aug 02, 2020

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It is NOT suggested you use both versions unless you fully understand the implications!

Lr-Classic (desktop based) needs ALL your image files on a local hard-drive.

Lightroom (Cloud based) sends ALL your image files to the cloud! (and to confuse even more- it can 'Sync' files back to the hard-drive)

 

A brief comparison here- (scroll down)

https://www.adobe.com/au/products/photoshop-lightroom-classic.html?promoid=9WGN4565&mv=other

A detailed comparison here-  (scroll down)

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-cc-vs-classic-features/

 

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.2, Photoshop 22.3, Lightroom 4.2, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 03, 2020 Aug 03, 2020

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If you have already "setup" Lightroom any photos you added to it have been uploaded to a cloud server. If you instal Lightroom Classic and turn on the sync, copies of those photos will get downloaded to your computer. This can get really confusing so don't do it. 

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Aug 03, 2020 Aug 03, 2020

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Either program is installed locally on your computer. The question is, do you want your images stored locally on your computer or do you want your images stored in the cloud? Lightroom Classic stores images locally, Lightroom stores images in the cloud. The features of each program are different. When/if you look for tutorials be very careful because it's easy to choose a tutorial that is for the one you are not using and then it can be confusing.

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Mar 03, 2021 Mar 03, 2021

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I actually ended up removing both, I went to open it one day and all of the presets I had collected were gone and I spent hours setting it up. I only use Photoshop from Adobes and I use Luminar for quick edits. I never understood why there was such a need to complicate things so much. I am not an IT person but someone who takes photos. Quite disappointed with Adobe really as out of everything they provide only one is usable for me.

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