Lightroom vs Lightroom Classic

Lightroom logo vs Lightroom Classic logo
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Lightroom vs Lightroom Classic can feel like a bit of a confusing question. Why does Adobe have two apps called almost the same thing? Well, Lightroom comes in two 'flavours'– the original desktop-based Lightroom (rebranded as Lightroom Classic) and the newer streamlined Lightroom. 

 For a detailed look at Lightroom, see our Lightroom review.  You may also find out Lightroom vs Photoshop explainer useful. For now though, let's take a look at the differences between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic.

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Lightroom vs Lightroom Classic
FeatureLightroom Lightroom Classic
OSDesktop, mobile, webDesktop only
Location of originalsCloud Local hard drive
File backupAutomaticNot included
Organisation of photosAutomatic tagging and intelligent searchManual keywords
TutorialsIn-appLinked in-app

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