Subscriptions make Adobe more money, more consistently, and there’s billions more people with a smartphone than with a desktop/laptop so it’s easy to see why they’re shifting to 100% subscription-based software, and especially why they’re heavily targeting the smartphone and tablet users of Lightroom CC.
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!
Original post:You can 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
If you just want the full product rather than the upgrade, Amazon usually sells Photoshop Lightroom 6 (standalone) for ever so slightly less than Adobe.com sells it. You can choose to purchase either the physical disc version, or a downloaded version. Either way it’s the official product, fully supported by Adobe. To get the cheapest 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
Adobe’s new online shop makes Photoshop Lightroom 6 very hard to find but trust me, it’s definitely there. The link above should take you to the relevant page of their Products page, filtered for Desktop apps, where you should see Photoshop Lightroom 6 listed.
HOWEVER, sometimes it doesn’t seem to work! If the page that loads only has Photoshop Lightroom listed and not Photoshop Lightroom 6, reload the page a couple of times, which often works.
If it doesn’t, just scroll to the very bottom and click ‘View all products‘ in the Adobe website footer. Then click the box that filters for ‘Desktop apps’. Then go through the multiple pages of products until you find Photoshop Lightroom 6. Last time I looked it was page 8.
Found it? EXCELLENT! First, click ‘Buy’. Then to get the Upgrade price click on ‘Full’ and switch it to ‘Upgrade’. 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
One of the ways Adobe makes Lightroom CC more tempting is by withholding feature updates from Lightroom 6 Standalone. They do this by invoking a tax law that prohibits them from adding new features to a sold product *after* the quarter in which it’s released, a rule that doesn’t apply to subscriptions.
Adobe conveniently wasn’t ready to add the ‘Dehaze’ feature until right after the quarter in which they released LR 6 had ended, and therefore LR 6.1 doesn’t include the feature whereas Lightroom CC does.
But if you’d like an easy workaround to get some of the Dehaze functionality in LR 6.1, read on!
I hope this helped you!