As the full product rather than the upgrade from a previous version it’s usually slightly cheaper at Amazon than Adobe, both as a download or on disc. If you’re looking to upgrade to Lightroom 6 from a previous version you can find that option on Adobe’s website, but Adobe makes it ridiculously hard to find, so I’ve included instructions to help you find it.
Buy the full version of Lightroom 6
Amazon usually sells Lightroom 6 Standalone as the full product (not the upgrade) for ever so slightly less than Adobe.com sells it. You can choose to purchase either the physical disc version, or a downloaded version. 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 will take you to the relevant page of their Products page, where you should see Photoshop Lightroom 6 listed. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: both links above should take you to the products page that lists Photoshop Lightroom 6. If for some reason you keep ending up on a page trying to sell you Creative Cloud, you’re either clicking on ‘Photoshop Lightroom’ in the list of products (rather than Photoshop Lightroom 6, which is what you want), or you’re being redirected by Adobe for some reason.
Either way, if you do find yourself on the Creative Cloud page after clicking the link above, scroll to the 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.
How to upgrade Lightroom CC Demo to Lightroom Standalone
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!