Adobe Systems Inc. the provider and developer of the photo editing application Lightroom has just recently changed the way Lightroom is being downloaded. From now on Lightroom is no more an application that can be bought for a one time price, but a subscription that can either be done via a monthly or a yearly payment. While Adobe offers different types of subscriptions, it also offers two different subscriptions for Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Mobile.
In this blog post I am going to show you how to download and install the Lightroom Desktop application on your laptop or PC. Furthermore I will show you which subscription plan to pick in order to have access to Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop for the best price!
Please note, that this is a different application than the Lightroom Mobile, which is solely made for Smartphones and Tablets.
HOW TO INSTALL LIGHTROOM DESKTOP
Part 1 of 2: Free trial
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Step 1: Free trial before subscription
Adobe offers a 7-day free trial before buying Lightroom Desktop by paying a subscription. To try out the 7-day free trial, simply click on this link to get redirected to Adobe's website and click on free trial option on the top right.
Step 2: Photography Plan
The Photography Plan is the best option. It is as expensive as the Lightroom Plan but gives you the possibility to download both, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic and Photoshop as well.
You may wonder, why are there two versions of Lightroom? Adobe has released an application called Lightroom, which is more simple and suitable for quick editing but also maintains the Lightroom Classic application, which is meant for more detailed editing with additional editing features.
Continue by clicking on start free trial.
Step 3: Enter your email address
Type in your email address and click on continue. Now scroll down to Part 2 of 2, Step 6 and continue with the next steps to install Lightroom Desktop.
Part 2 of 2: Subscription
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Step 1: Go to Adobe’s website
If you are willing to continue with subscription directly or your trial has ended, click on this link here to get redirected to Adobe’s official page. You will have to choose a subscription plan in order to download and install Lightroom Desktop.
Step 2: Choose subscription
If you are an individual, you should choose the Photography subscription. It includes Lightroom for Desktop with cloud storage capacity.
Step 3: The trick!
Now here is the trick! If you choose the Photography plan with an annual payment instead of monthly, you pay 119,88$ a year (which is basically 9,99$ a month, just like the Lightroom plan) but you get Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and the Photoshop application for your desktop!
Proceed by clicking on buy now.
Step 4: Are you a student?
Students and Teachers get lower prices and access to a lot more applications. If you happen to be one, make sure you check these subscription models out too!
Step 5: Enter your email
Simply enter your email address and click on continue to payment.
Step 6: Download the Creative Cloud
The Creative Cloud is the platform from which you are able to download Lightroom and install it on your desktop. It is comparable to the AppStore of your iPhone or the PlayStore of your Android phone. Click on this link here to get redirected to Adobe’s download page and click on download Creative Cloud.
Step 7: The Installation
Locate the file called Creative_Cloud_Installer.dmg in your download folder and double click on it to start the installation.
Step 8: Launch Creative Cloud
Locate the application Creative Cloud in your Applications folder and double click on it to open it.
Step 9: Applications of Creative Cloud
Click on Apps to show all the applications offered by Adobe.
Step 10: Install Lightroom and/or Lightroom Classic
Locate the two different applications of Lightroom and click on Install. Remember, your subscription allows you to download Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. If you proceed to download any other application, Adobe will ask you to upgrade your subscription status.
Step 11: Launch Lightroom
Locate the Lightroom and/or Lightroom Classic applications on your PC or Laptop and double click on it to start it.
And done! This is how you install Lightroom Desktop on your PC or Laptop!
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