Lightroom Name Change Tip and the Lightroom Classic/CC Survey Results

First, by request: if you’re not happy with the new “Lightroom Classic” name, no sweat — Adobe gave us a way to change it to something more fitting (see below):

Above: Check out that more fitting nameplate in the upper left corner. 🙂

STEP ONE: First, right-click on the graphic above and download it to your computer.

STEP TWO: Go under the Lightroom menu (on a Mac) or the Edit menu (on a Windows PC) and choose “Identity Plate Setup” as shown above.

STEP THREE: When the Identity Plate editor appears, from the Identity Plate pop-up menu at the top left, choose ‘Personalized.’ Then click the ‘Use a graphical identity plate’ button (as seen here), then click the ‘Locate File’ button; find that new Lightroom Pro nameplate graphic you just downloaded, and click the ‘Choose’ button. Now click the OK and the name ‘Classic’ is now the old name (see what I did there)? 😉

OK onto the results from this week’s Lightroom Classic/CC Survey
Nearly 2,800 Lightroom users took the survey (I have already shared the results directly with Adobe), but of course, I also wanted to share them with you here as well.

Thanks to everybody who participated in the survey. 🙂

I know a lot of you have posted questions here or sent me emails or comments about all the recent changes. Make sure you come back Monday where I’m planning a Lightroom Q&A to answer as many questions as I can.

Have a great weekend everybody, and hope you enjoy going “pro!”



P.S. Just in case you missed the new —  the folks at DxO brought the Nik Collection plug-in suite from Google, and they are continuing development of it and planning a new release in 2018. Until then, they are offering it free for download. 



Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. Hi Scott.

    I am really shocked of what is happening and I hope that Adobe (thanks for sharing the results of the survey with them) will listen to its customers and give them a perpetual license version back…

    I’ve been using Lightroom since its beta versions: I was so excited of this (at the time) new product that I started to show my local photo community (Ancona, Italy) how to use this revolutionary tool.

    I purchased and used version 1, then upgraded to version 2, 3, 4…

    Now I really feel lost: no standalone version available…

    I won’t switch to a subscription plan: i find it way too expensive.

    I really feel like *Adobe betrayed our trust*.

    I will wait some time and see if Adobe will change its mind…

    If not, I will switch to another software (which one? C1? DxO? Aperture X3?).

    Sometimes I think Adobe wants to kill Lightroom as a professional tool: maybe it is a menace to Photoshop since 90% of work can be done with Lightroom and Photoshop is loosing its supremacy…

    But I think Adobe should be careful to betray customer’s trust: if many customers switch to another software and start using it with good results, it can be very dangerous for the entire Creative Cloud Suite community…

    Thanks for listening to us

    Paolo S.

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  2. This is a very confusing release of LR. I had to look at youtube videos, blogs and Lynda tutorials to wrap my head around it, and even then I’m still not sure about Folders, Collections, LR Classic and LR CC. My Mobile Collections or folders in LR CC Classic appear in LR CC on mobile devices. So I’m fine with LR CC on my mobile devices, but have no interest in using LR CC on the desktop. The missing functionalities are crucial, so a dumbed down desktop version isn’t even an option.

    I’m not interested in having everything in the cloud. First, I’m not paying $10 a month for storage. Second, since CC also resides on iThingies, it means that cloud storage will need to be duplicated on icloud. This makes no sense. If I do pay for 1TB of storage per from Adobe, I still have to increase my storage on for iThingies.

    With LR Classic CC on the desktop, and LR CC on my devices, I’m already getting what I want and need. If Adobe forces the issue and eventually forces the cloud option, then I’m out. I would use LR to do initial edits and export the shots I want to TIF or JPG and then move the files out of the Adobe cloud.

    IMHO Adobe should proceed with extreme caution here, at least until such time as super cheap cloud storage becomes ubiquitous.

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    • …and until cloud access read/write speeds (i.e. bandwidth) becomes comparable to local drive I/O speeds.

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  3. Can everyone just admit that at least Lightroom CC is better than Apple’s Photo’s App!!

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  4. Do not forget, branding is sacred for marketeers.

    The problem is not that the chose to call it “Classic” and not “Pro”. It’s that they took the brand of a leading professional photography workflow tool which was built after years of feedback from the photography community and felt like it was developed by photographers for photographers… and gave it to a mass market cloud album/editor app.

    This signals a significant change of focus and priority. For many photographers who invested 10,000’s of pictures in Lr betting on the longevity of this tool, this is a severe break of trust.

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    • PS. Luminar will have a DAM module in 2018. With a perpetual license of course.

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  5. Why on Earth did they feel the need to change everything anyway? Have Adobe explained it? I have no plans to stop using Lightroom 5….. why would I?

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  6. One thing I would like to see in CC (Mobile) is the ability to add watermark.

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  7. Hey Scott

    I think Adobe are missing a trick here, they should be looking at closer integration between the 2 products, being the optimist my view is that LR CC, could be looked at as being LR Mobile for laptops and as such could with a bit of imagination be the ideal travel solution, for this to work I think the following easy changes need implementing;

    1. A setting that prevents images from being uploaded to the cloud on a metered connection as in Windows, you don’t want a single SD card wiping out your cellular data allowance in the field.

    2. The ability to rename files and create a backup copy of the files on import.

    3. A seamless way of adding the cloud files to your regular folder structure back at base in Lightroom Classic (crap name btw!!)

    4. More reasonable pricing for cloud backup and the facility to sync existing folders in LR Classic

    Just my tuppence

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  8. Gee…. “Albums and Folders”… what an ironic change as this is how On1 Raw handles the Browse(import) panel. How original of Adobe!
    How anyone can be comfortable following Adobe at this point amazes me. With LR5 they promised perpetual licenses forever. They have joined the Obama lie “you can keep your doctor and your insurance plan”. They have “shown they cards”. Do you really think LR Classic will be around for long??? I’m not trusting them for another minute. My current perpetual license of LR6 is my last with Adobe. Check out On1 Raw and/or CaptureOne… they are truly competitive and in some cases actually stronger.

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    • Scott,
      You may want to expand your training offerings to include On1 and Capture One because your “user market” is about to start shrinking.

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  9. Unless Adobe plans to eventually phase out Classic as they add more functionality, it doesn’t make too much sense to have changed the names as Lightroom Mobile was pretty self-explanatory.
    But even then, you have the issue of bandwidth with larger files and cloud storage to deal with. I’ll probably use Lightroom CC for dealing with my cellphone pics, and moving them over to Classic, but that’s about it.
    The renaming just caused needless confusion IMHO.
    Thanks for sharing Scott!

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    • I hear ya on the naming – and it has created a lot of confusion. Wait until people realize that on Lightroom Mobile, Collections are called “Albums” and Collection Sets are called “Folders” yet they didn’t change the names in Lightroom Classic, so if you use Classic and Mobile, you work in Folders, Collections, Collection Sets, Albums, and Folders (but there, they are something completely different). Not the least bit confusing. 😉

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  10. It is also strange that if you´re part of a team you don’t get to use your 100 GB. but have to pay to get the CC option. That might have to do something with the fact that so many are opting not to use the cloud version. That at least is my reason.

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    • I believe I read where Adobe said that LR CC is coming to the Teams plans soon.

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  11. Identity Plate Setup is actually under the “edit” tab in windows.

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    • Thanks to show us the result of survey

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  12. That’s one way to get to rational naming.

    But seriously – only 3% are planning to definitely move to the cloud oriented option ???
    78% definitely not ???

    Wow. Maybe people will warm up to some of it through time as CC matures, or the survey needs repeating after people have gotten over the shock phase of newness.

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