This tutorial is for brand new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users who are looking to install the standalone Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 program only. Please go to this tutorial instead if you are a currently an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom user looking for advice on How To Upgrade To Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Version 6 or this tutorial on How To Upgrade To Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC if you are an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber.
I believe that you get a lot more value for your money from an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Subscription Plan that included Adobe Photoshop CC, and the Lightroom Mobile App, then you get with the standalone Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 product. If you are convinced that the Photoshop Lightroom 6 standalone program is the appropriate choice for your image management needs then please read on.
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 installation process is not difficult but the installer package that you purchased at the store, or downloaded online, provides minimal instruction. This lack of guidance often creates unnecessary confusion for brand new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users. Unlike some other software programs, there are multiple steps involved in the Photoshop Lightroom 6 installation process.
Step 1: Acquiring The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 Installer
There are two ways that you can purchase the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 installer package.
Option 1: You can download the Photoshop Lightroom 6 Installer directly from Adobe’s website. Unfortunately, Adobe makes finding Photoshop Lightroom 6 as a standalone product very difficult at Adobe.com.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 is sometimes referred to as the “perpetual licensed product.” Adobe is trying to make purchasing the standalone Lightroom 6 product difficult at their website because they want their new customers to become Creative Cloud Subscribers. Now personally I think that the Creative Cloud Photography Plan is a great deal but if you are reading this article then I can only assume that you have chosen not to license your software this way.
Option 2: You can purchase Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 either as a download, or in a box on DVD, from a reputable company like B&H Photo.com. This method is often much easier than hunting around at Adobe.com and occasionally it is even less expensive!
No matter where you purchased your software please save your Photoshop Lightroom 6 serial number. You will need to key in this serial number again if you ever need to reinstall this software or if you try to install this software on a second computer.
Step 2: Install the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 Application
Now it is time to let the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 installer do its thing. During the installation process you will need to agree the legalese in the Adobe’s End User Licensing Agreement and you will need to create an Adobe ID. If the installer asks for additional guidance then be sure that you install the Lightroom 6 application onto your internal hard drive.
Apple users should install the program to their internal Macintosh HD > Applications Folder. Windows users will want to install the Lightroom 6.exe program into the Programs Folder on their C: drive.
At the end of the installation process you will be prompted to create a new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog. Your Lightroom Catalog is a database that indexes your photos. The Catalog allows you to organize thousands of digital images, easily finding any photo, thanks to Lightroom’s robust search tools and other organizational features.
The most important thing to understand about this software is that your actual images are not stored or copied into the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog. The Catalog merely creates a searchable index to help you find the images on your hard drive. At first, your Lightroom Catalog will be blank but that will change as soon you begin to add images into this index.
Step 3: Set Your Lightroom 6 Preferences
The upgrade process is not complete until you set up your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Preferences. Preferences are not exciting stuff but you can avoid so many of the common Lightroom pitfalls if you take the time to change a couple of important settings before you do anything else with this software.
Step 4: Learn More
Congratulations! You are now ready to begin using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6. This would be a great time to become a FocusPhotoSchool.com subscriber to unlock our complete Adobe Photoshop Lightroom video training course.