How to use Plugins with the New Lightroom CC

Adobe just released two new versions of Lightroom (be sure to read our write-up here).  Lightroom Classic CC (formerly Lightroom CC) fully supports third-party plugins like Perfectly Clear Complete or Perfectly Clear Essentials. But the new Lightroom CC is a bit different.

What is Lightroom CC?

Adobe has released a whole new Lightroom, called Lightroom CC.  It is a cloud-based photo editing tool.  All (and we mean all) your images are stored online; there is no selective syncing. All pictures you take on mobile devices or imported on your computer are added to a master library.

No Direct Plugin Support (for Now)

Lightroom CC is a simplified version of Lightroom Classic, but it doesn’t match Lightroom Classic feature for feature.  Adobe says they still have more features to add to the tool, but that they prioritized features based on customer needs.

One of those features missing is the ability to use third-party plugins.  That feature may eventually come back, but it is missing for now.  However, if you have a version of Photoshop on your computer, you can make plugins work. Your license includes a Photoshop plugin.

Take a Round Trip

You can send your photos from Lightroom CC to Photoshop so you can easily edit them.

  1. Select a photo in your Lightroom CC library.
  2. Click the Edit button in the right-hand toolbar.
  3. Choose Edit in Photoshop.
    Photoshop launches and the image opens as a 16-bit TIFF file. Lightroom Classic gives you the ability to send the file as an embedded raw file,
  4. In Photoshop, select the image layer.
  5. Choose Filter > Convert for Smart Filters to make any applied filters re-editable.
  6. Choose Filter > Athentech Imaging > Perfectly Clear v3.
  7. Adjust the image to taste then click OK to apply the filter.
  8. Close and save your document. The file is returned to Lightroom and stacked with the original in your Lightroom CC library.
  9. If you need to return and edit with the plugin, just repeat steps 1 through 3.
    The smart object remains editable and you can modify the filter by double-clicking.

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