If you need Photoshop as well the Creative Cloud for Photographers is actually a great deal as it includes fully updated versions of both Lightroom and Photoshop, and you can get a full year of Creative Cloud for Photographers for just $120 or £100 at Amazon, but if you need to stop paying the subscription you’ll be locked out of Lightroom’s Develop module.
So if you’re looking to stay updated on the Standalone version, you might be looking for the option to purchase an update to the latest version of Lightroom 6, especially as you get a small discount for updating an older official version. But Adobe makes it quite hard to find Photoshop Lightroom 6 Standalone on their website so here’s how to find it, and also where to buy the full version on Amazon.
Ordering Lightroom 6 Standalone from Amazon
Amazon sells Lightroom 6 Standalone as the full product (not the upgrade) both as a download and a disc, for pretty much the same price as you can get the full product on Adobe.com.
How to find Lightroom 6 Standalone on Adobe.com
Here’s the direct link to Adobe’s Products page – when the page loads just scroll down to Photoshop Lightroom to order the Standalone version. If you need the Upgrade price simply switch from Full, and then select the Lightroom version you’re upgrading from:
How to upgrade Lightroom CC Demo to Lightroom Standalone
The other thing to be aware of is that the demo is now only available branded as Lightroom CC, but don’t worry, you can still upgrade the Lightroom CC Demo to a fully licensed Lightroom Standalone. Simply download and use the Lightroom CC demo as normal, ignoring any CC features included (such as sync, etc – they won’t be available if you switch to Standalone). Then when you’re ready to upgrade from Lightroom CC demo to Lightroom 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 incredibly easy way to use Dehaze in LR 6.1, read on!