What To Do When Your Program Doesn’t Offer The Ability To Print

I got this question in my email last week:

I am searching for a tutorial on “How to Print” in the New Cloud Lightroom CC. I can’t find anything on the web, even in Adobe. Do you have such a video/videos on the New CC to help?

The answer, sadly, is that the “New Cloud Lightroom CC” doesn’t print. Period. Even if you try pressing the standard ol’ Command-P (PC: Ctrl-P) to bring up your operating systems built-in printing function, nothing happens. It’s been disabled. In short, “That dog don’t hunt.”

Now, I haven’t been told this, so this is purely me just speculating, but I would say that for the market demographic that Lightroom CC was designed for (millennials and people whose only camera is their phone) — that market’s not big on printing (if they print at all). If they did, the ability to print would have been in the first release. It’s well over a year later and you can’t even use the OS’s built-in print feature with it.

Do I think they’ll add printing any time soon?
My guess (I haven’t asked anybody at Adobe), would be no, for the same reason I mentioned above – the Lightroom CC customer demographic doesn’t do a whole lot of printing.

So, what’s that person supposed to do?
Well, I do know a program that does print really well, and I even have a new class on how to make it print even better. I put the trailer below (chances are the subscription plan that person has, also comes with Lightroom Classic, which prints like a boss!).

Here’s a direct link to the class.

One more thing:
Catch my full-day Lightroom seminar in Washington DC on Friday, August 17th. Tickets and details. 

Have a great weekend everybody. I’ve got some something really cool I’m cooking up for Monday. I think you’ll dig it. 🙂



P.S. NEWS ALERT: I announced a hands-on travel photography workshop, limited to just 12 people, in beautiful Rome, Italy. You’re invited, ya know. 🙂 The full scoop is over on my daily blog scottkelby.com

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 http://scottkelby.com

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  1. Didn’t understand a word because the music is much too loud, but it’s cool btw. Sounds a bit like Cream 😉

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  2. “So, what’s that person supposed to do?”

    clever segue … 🙂

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    • As mentioned in the post above, callmebob [wink], there’s another program that comes with his subscription that will print – Lightroom Classic.

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  3. Hi Scott,

    I think you hit the nail on the head about LR-cc! It’s just for phone users and social media junkies!:-) I watched your printing course and it was awesome! I’m into custom templates and love your section on that!!

    Thanks and have a Wonderful weekend with your family!!


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    • Printing can be very processor and memory intensive, as the image must be rendered at the color-depth and pixel resolution by the CPU and then streamed to the printer along with instructions to the printer. All this involves the printer driver, as well. The resulting file size can be much larger than the final print size. So, while you certainly could print from your mobile device, it would pretty much tie up your device for however long it takes to complete the process. So, I can see printing from LR on a PC, printing from a phone would give me pause.

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      • I believe they were inquiring about printing from Lightroom CC on the Desktop.

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