UPDATE, October 18th 2017: Well, we all knew it was coming. Adobe won’t be updating Lightroom 6, the ‘standalone’ version any more and all future versions will be subscription-only. For now, though, Photoshop Lightroom 6 works just fine, and is still available on both Adobe’s website and Amazon, so this post is still relevant. Grab it while you can!

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Lightroom is my go-to application for editing my event photography and wedding photography (in terms of my personal workflow I actually recommend Photo Mechanic for culling, then editing with Lightroom) and I’m very happy with Photoshop Lightroom 6, on a perpetual licence rather than the subscription. Contrary to some misleading posts, Photoshop Lightroom 6 has received numerous technical updates for bugfixes (although not new features like Dehaze – see below for more on that), although it will no longer receive any updates in the future – so for new camera support you’ll likely need to subscribe.

At present (updated February 2018) you can still buy Photoshop Lightroom 6 as a standalone version with no subscription to CC in one of two ways: either purchase an upgrade for your existing earlier version of Lightroom 1-5 at Adobe’s website, or purchase a full copy of Photoshop Lightroom 6 at Amazon (where it’s cheaper than Adobe). Here’s instructions and links for both options!

Buy the full version of Lightroom 6 on Amazon

UK: Click here for the full version of Photoshop Lightroom 6 at Amazon.co.uk
USA: Click here for the full version of Photoshop Lightroom 6 at Amazon.com

If you just want the full product rather than the upgrade, Amazon often has a great price for the software, both as a disc or a download. Either way it’s the official product, fully supported by Adobe. To get the best price make sure to switch to either the Mac Download or the PC Download version using the button on Amazon’s product page.

Upgrade to Lightroom 6 from a previous version at Adobe.com

USA: Click here to find Photoshop Lightroom 6 on Adobe’s USA website
UK: Click here to find Photoshop Lightroom 6 on Adobe’s UK website

Adobe’s new online shop makes Photoshop Lightroom 6 hard to find but as of January 8th 2018 it’s definitely there, and the BUY button should take you to the purchase page where you can choose between the full version or an upgrade from previous versions. If you chose to upgrade or otherwise buy from Adobe PLEASE read the following instructions carefully, as Adobe are quite determined to make it hard for you to find.

Clicking the appropriate link above should take you to Adobe’s Products directory, and if you look on the left of the screen it should be filtered for Desktop apps, and you should see Photoshop Lightroom 6 listed on Page 7 or thereabouts.

HOWEVER, sometimes Adobe will cheekily redirect you to their Creative Cloud sales pages. If the page that loads only has Lightroom or Lightroom Classic listed and not Photoshop Lightroom 6, don’t worry – it’s easy to find it yourself:

  1. Just scroll to the very bottom and click ‘View all products‘ in the Adobe website footer.
  2. Then on the left hand side click the box that filters for ‘Desktop apps’.
  3. Then go through the multiple pages of products until you find Photoshop Lightroom 6. Last time I looked it was page 7.
  4. Found it? EXCELLENT! Click on ‘Buy’.
  5. Then to get the Upgrade price click on ‘Full’ and switch it to ‘Upgrade’.
  6. Then select the Lightroom version you’re upgrading from and you should get the discounted upgrade price.

How to upgrade the Lightroom CC Demo to Lightroom 6

The Lightroom demo is now only available branded as Lightroom CC, but don’t worry, you can switch the Lightroom CC Demo to a fully licensed Lightroom Standalone. Simply download and use the Lightroom CC demo as normal, ignoring any CC features (such as sync, etc – they won’t be available if you switch to Standalone). Then when you’re ready to switch from the demo to the full Lightroom 6 Standalone, simply follow Adobe’s official instructions, which I’ve copied below:

  1. Launch Lightroom and select: Help > Sign Out (YOUR_EMAIL_ADDRESS)
    (Important: When you sign out of Lightroom the Creative Cloud desktop app may open and ask you to sign in again. DO NOT sign in to the Creative Cloud desktop app.)
  2. Relaunch Lightroom. Click [Sign In Now]. If you sign in with an Adobe ID that has an active Creative Cloud membership associated with it, you will NOT see the serial # screen as it will activate with your Creative Cloud account. Just head over to the Adobe instructions page where they’ve got more info about mixed licensing situations.
  3. Click [License This Software]
  4. Enter your serial #, then click [Next].

Note: If you’re upgrading from a prior version, have your prior version serial number handy to enter as part of the activation process. If you’ve lost your box and/or serial number – or can’t remember prior version serial number – sign into your account to view your registered product serial numbers. If you didn’t register your product, but you still have Lightroom installed and licensed, you can retrieve your serial # from the following location:


/Users/[your user name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Lightroom 5.0 Registration

Note: You may need to access hidden user library files in OS X 10.7 or later: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/access-hidden-user-library-files.html


C:\[your user name]\Program Data\Adobe\Lighroom\Lightroom 5.0 Registration
Note: On Windows it will have the extension .LRREG

5. After licensing your software with your serial number, Lightroom 6 will launch!

How to use Dehaze on Lightroom 6 Standalone

If you’d like to use Dehaze in Lightroom 6, you can add some of the functionality using a workaround. Click here to find out more about how to add Dehaze to your Lightroom 6!

I hope this helped you!

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