With Lightroom CC all your photos are now able to be stored on Adobe's creative cloud. However this only allows for 100gb of free photo storage. Google on the other hand offers Google Photos which is free unlimited "High Quality" photo storage.

Is there a way to use google photos with lightroom CC seamlessly?

I would love to be able to take photos from google photos and use them directly in lightroom for editing etc. Basically replacing lightroom's cc storage with google photos.

Here's what I'm thinking...

A few ways it might be possible.

  1. A user created plugin for Lightroom CC to work with google photos

  2. Storing photos on the desktop with with google "backup and sync" and using that library in Lightroom

Anyone have a current solution or better idea?

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    Even if its possible IMO "High Quality" from Google is now always enough, its limited to 16MB and do not support RAW (for unlimited storage). You can also check this question: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/4557/… – Romeo Ninov Apr 24 '18 at 5:20
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    Agree with Romeo. You won't get the full value of lightroom without raw files. – user16259 Apr 24 '18 at 6:01
  • Not sure to understand your purpose - Do you want to put your photos on Google Photo because you want to be able to review them from the web and mobile? Or are you expecting to be able to sync them with Lightroom on another desktop? Keep in mind that Lightroom usually doesn't directly modify originals on your disk, so you won't be able to see your edits in Google Photo until you export them. – gerlos Apr 24 '18 at 12:06
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    if adobe allowed this, they'd ruin their own business. the whole reason they are pushing the cloud is so they can sell you storage plans. – ths Apr 24 '18 at 12:44

Dude, buy a NAS and pay only one time for tons of storage that you'll own forever.

Imports to LR will be slower over a wireless network but that never really bothered me. All of these ridiculous cloud storage plans - they bother me.

  • Wired Ethernet is a thing, so the wireless transfers can be entirely avoided if a person wants to. – Jim MacKenzie Sep 10 '18 at 14:51
  • I appreciate the answer but the question is focused on cloud solutions. Plus, google photos is free. – CTOverton Oct 21 '18 at 22:06
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    > storage that you'll own forever.: that is, until a piece of hardware fails, or gets hacked, or gets stolen... OP specifically asked for cloud storage. – Marc Plano-Lesay Oct 30 '18 at 23:39
  • A NAS unit that you buy is not a substitute for an off-site backup. – K. Minkov Nov 19 '18 at 9:48
  • be mindful of bit-rotting too – Fábio Dias Nov 19 '18 at 18:47

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