Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the cloud-based edition of the well-known desktop photo editor and organizer, now called Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic. The main reason behind the rebranding and the release of a separate application is the need to preserve the popularity of the widely-used desktop photo manager, while also providing access to the mobile-oriented photography management service of Adobe. Users of the Classic edition can easily migrate their catalogs to the cloud-based version of Lightroom.
A stylish GUI optimized for usage on mobile devices
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom features a much simpler interface than its Classic counterpart, focusing on simple sliders and editing tools that can easily be used on portable devices, such as phones or tablets. To enhance the overall user experience, the built-in tips are shown as soon as the application is launched.
Added photos are automatically sorted by date (other criteria are also available) and can be easily organized in different albums. There are different view modes that users can opt for, including filmstrip view and side-by-side comparison of the original and the edited version of the picture. For an indexed search, users can associate keywords to each photo.
Various editing tools to obtain perfect results
The integrated editor comes with a wide range of sliders and filters that can easy be handled on touch screens. Users can adjust the light and the color, experimenting with different levels of tint, vibrance, and saturation. Furthermore, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom features a set of effects, as well as geometry and optics tools that contribute to making a photo look perfect. Noise reduction and sharpening instruments are also available.
Lightroom’s toolbox also includes cropping, rotating, and flipping tools, as well as various types of brushes that enable users to perform corrections. Additionally, the built-in presets can save them the trouble of having to adjust sliders manually.
Automatic cloud backup and on-the-go editing
Any changes made to photos in the local catalog via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom are automatically uploaded to the cloud, no matter the used device. In other words, the editor automatically syncs data to the cloud, backing up pictures and allowing users to continue their work on the go. It provides support for Android and iOS devices and comes with a web-based version that can be accessed from any browser. Images can be saved locally or shared on social media from within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.