Adobe Lightroom is the cloud-based service that gives you everything you need to create, edit, organize, store, and share your photos across any device.

It is supported on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and tvOS (Apple TV).

Its primary uses include importing/saving, viewing, organizing, tagging, editing, and sharing large numbers of digital images.

Lightroom’s editing functions include white balance, tone, presence, tone curve, HSL, color grading, detail, lens corrections, and calibration manipulation, as well as transformation, spot removal, red-eye correction, graduated filters, radial filters, and adjustment brushing.

Lightroom sports a refreshing, clean interface.it starts simple and then reveals increasingly complex tools as you need them.

The interface now has four buttons along the left rail: A plus sign for adding photos, Home, My Photos, and Sharing.

The Home screen shows new tutorials along with a row of the thumbnails of your photos. You’ll spend the most time in My Photos, where you select and edit images.

You can switch that to a contact-sheet view and sort by import date, capture date, or modified date. With this radical rethinking of Lightroom, Adobe ditches the modes of its predecessor: Library, Develop, and the rest.

Aside from the rows of your synced photos, the interface is notably sparse. Organization and adjustment tools are hidden behind box and control slider icons at the left and right edges, respectively.

The organization panel and adjustment panel don’t show at the same time: By default, when you open one, the other closes.

Thankfully, you can change this behavior in Preferences by switching the panels from Automatic to Manual.

As for touch input, Lightroom is adequate: You can easily use its buttons and controls via touch, and you can tap or unpins a photo to zoom in to the last level.

Lightroom Classic (as well as Photoshop) features a full touch mode for tablets and touch-screen PCs such as the Surface Book.

Lightroom includes a boatload of help and tutorial content. Click the question mark at the top right to get started.

There is animated visual help on all the individual adjustments, along with wizards that use sample images from noted photographers to show exactly how they edit an image.

it even shows their adjustment slider settings. The help is context-sensitive: For an outdoor portrait, it aptly proposes the tutorial called Enhance Natural Light Portraits by Improving Contrast and Color.

I welcome having this kind of thing built right into the app. By contrast, all of Lightroom Classic’s help is web-based.

Editing Tools

  • Light (Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Curve).
  • Color (Temperature, Tint, Vibrance, Saturation, HSL mixer with the color pick).
  • Effects (Texture, Clarity, Dehaze, Vignette, Grain, Split Toning without color pick).
  • Detail (Sharpening + options, Noise Reduction + options, Color Noise Reduction + options)
  • Optics (Chromatic Aberration + Defringe options, Lens Corrections, Geometry).

You can crop and rotate your images with the crop tool. This tool allows you to set specific aspect ratios, but you can’t put in custom ratios.

The well-known local adjustments (radial, gradual, and brush) are also available, as well as the healing and cloning tools.

The Calibration menu is missing, but you can choose and import profiles. By default, Adobe’s own standardized colour profiles are selected.

If you have a supported camera (basically any DSLR, mirrorless, and advanced point-and-shoot model on the market), you can also choose a camera-matching profile. This is the same as if you’d choose the profile in the camera.

A powerful feature that Lightroom versions offer is preset. You can make your own or import presets (like any of ours).

This can speed up your editing process. Lightroom’s dominant place on the editing software market ensures that there are thousands of presets and preset packs available, free or paid.

In the Photography Plan, there is 20GB of cloud storage included, as well as access to Photoshop. For an additional $10/month, you get 1TB of storage, which will be plenty if you filter your images properly.


  • Simple, clear interface
  • Automatically syncs photos to cloud storage
  • Powerful raw profiles and filters
  • Panorama and HDR stitching


  • Expensive
  • Limited sharing
  • Can’t choose which photos to sync
  • No local printing
  • No plug-in supports