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Easing The Jump From Lightroom “cloud” to Lightroom Classic

On Wednesday, Rob had a great post about how to migrate from the cloud-based version of Lightroom (which we refer to here as “Lightroom Cloud” even though it’s not it’s official name), to Lightroom Classic (here’s the link in case you missed it).

While Rob showed the steps on how to the make the move, if you’re making that move you’ll quickly realize that some of the exact same features have completely different names in Classic. So, today so to help ease that transition even more, here are some of the main features that do the same things, but have different names. Here goes:

In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – you sort images into “Albums”

In Lightroom Classic” – those are called “Collections”


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – you organize multiple albums inside a ‘Folder’

In Lightroom Classic” – those are called “Collection Sets”


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – the button you click to bring in photos is called the “Add Photos” button

In Lightroom Classic” – that button is called the ‘Import’ button.


Note: It seems to me like these are backward, because in cloud you actually are importing — moving your images from your computer or memory card and moving them into Adobe’s Cloud. That button in ‘cloud’ seems like it should be named Import. The “Add Photos” button should be in Classic instead, since you’re only asking it to manage your photos in their current location. They don’t actually move at all or go inside anything when you import them into Lightroom Classic. Just sayin’

In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – you tweak the settings for your image in ‘Edit

In Lightroom Classic” – you tweak the settings for your image in the Develop Module


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – your essential sliders for tweaking your image are in the ‘Light” panel

In Lightroom Classic” – they are in the ‘Basic” panel, with the exception that in Classic,Texture, Clarity and Dehaze are part of the Basic panel, whereas in ‘cloud’ they are separate and part of the Effects panel instead.


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – lens corrections are found in the Geometry panel

In Lightroom Classic – they are found in the Transform panel.


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – the White Balance controls are found in the Color panel.

In Lightroom Classic – they are included in the Basic Panel


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – you have a Color Mixer, which is found in the Color panel

In Lightroom Classic – it’s found in the HSL / Color panel , and it’s called HSL, which stands for Hue, Saturation, and Luminance.


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – Split Toning is found in the Color Panel

In Lightroom Classic – Split Toning has its own panel called Split Toning


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – lens profiles and lens correction features are found in the Optics panel

In Lightroom Classic – they are in the Lens Correction panel.


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – Multiple instances of the same image are called “Versions”

In Lightroom Classic – They are called “Virtual Copies” (but these are both a bit different from each other in the way they operate).


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – your photos are organized in the “My Photos” section

In Lightroom Classic – it’s called the Library module


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – the tool for painting local adjustments is called the Brush

In Lightroom Classic – it’s called the Adjustment Brush


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – the tool for removing spots is called the “Healing Brush”

In Lightroom Classic – it’s called the Spot Removal tool


These next ones are pretty minor:

In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – the gradient tool is called the “Linear Gradient”

In Lightroom Classic – That tool is called the “Graduated Filter”


In Lightroom ‘cloud‘ – the round local adjustment tool is called the Radial Gradient

In Lightroom Classic – it’s called the Radial Filter.


In Lightroom ‘cloud’ – under the Photo Merge menu it’s called “HDR merge’

In Lightroom Classic – it’s just “HDR”


There are undoubtedly more, but those are the main ones you’re likely to encounter in your transitions from ‘cloud’ to Classic and I hope that helps make the move that much easier.

Here’s wishing you a ‘smooth transition weekend’ and I hope we’ll see you back here on Monday. Stay safe, and look out for one another.