Search Added to Lightroom Web as Technology Preview

Adobe Lightroom Classic

“Lightroom on the web makes it possible for you to access all of your Lightroom images from nearly any computer around the world, and today we’re announcing the addition of Technology Previews, a series of features that will let you test drive new functionality before it’s officially available. The first Technology Preview we’re making available is Search, which coupled with our new image analysis technology, lets you search through any image you have synchronized online, either with Lightroom for mobile, Lightroom on the web, or with Lightroom desktop through a synchronized collection. We’ll be releasing new Technology Previews as they’re ready, which you’ll be able to use and even provide feedback on the functionality, helping to shape the feature.” —Josh Haftel, The Lightroom Journal

To enable the feature launch Lightroom on the web (, and log in. In the upper left, click the LR menu, then click to select Technology Previews from the list. 03_18LRweb

Toggle on the Search switch and choose Apply Changes.


The search technology will search on a lot of different things, including metadata such as file names, captions, titles, camera, lens, and exposure data, location, faces, etc. It will grow to include additional data in the future (hence the “technology preview”). You can also try searching your library for general topics such as food, travel, animals, and more.

Search results based on "animal".

Lightroom web search results based on “animal”.

Note: it might take a little bit to create the initial index of your photos (depending on how many you are working with) in order to return the optimal search results.

Please let us know what you think on the Lightroom forums. 

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 03-18-2016


  • By Joe Houghton - 2:04 AM on March 19, 2016  

    Great idea from Adobe. Suggestion though, especially as you are seeking feedback on these features – as well as a “Find what you were looking for” button, include a comment box as well.

  • By Fabrizio Giuffrida - 5:00 AM on March 19, 2016  

    I know what I will say now is not any fault of yours Julianne, so please do not take it personal. I love your tutorials and blog articles, and appreciate all your dedication to Photoshop and Lightroom. But you wrote here about this new Lightroom web experimental feature, and I felt the need to comment about what seems to be the CC evolution direction. I will post it also in the Lightroom forums.

    I am sorry to see Adobe wasting an enormous amount of time with these web/mobile things: do Adobe really thinks a serious post-production can be made on a smartphone, using fingers? Am I stupid for having spent money on a calibrated monitor and a 32 Gb RAM desktop? Lightroom web looks cool, but it is just a way to introduce newbies to this piece of software, I really see no reason for it to exist for people who pay for a CC plan. During whole 2015 photographers only got bug fixes, cosmetic changes and Dehaze: useful things, sure, but not enough to make us feel happy to pay for the plan. Please, do something for photographers! Photography plan subscribers are paying for constant desktop software updates and are just getting mobile apps and web interfaces!
    Is it ideas Adobe needs? Here are a few: 1) better raw conversion: Nikon’s NEF files look still much better in Capture NX-D than in Lightroom/Photoshop. Not only the colours are different, but the images are more contrasted and defined: even adding some contrast and clarity gets you nowhere near what the freeware-but-clunky Nikon software can do; 2) full healing brush and clone stamp in Lightroom: it is frustrating to have to open another application (Photoshop) and convert the file to tiff (5 times the size of the original RAW) just for a little flaw Lightroom was unable to get rid of; 3) make all editing controls available in Camera Raw/Lightroom’s local adjustments tools: hue, HSL, curves, full sharpening and noise reduction. For example, there is no way to neutralise a colour from a small portion of the image working on a RAW file; 4) subtler contrast and clarity sliders: contrast slider affects colour saturation as well as contrast; clarity slider improves medium-sized local details, but makes small details muddy; 5) many more options in the Book, Presentation and Print modules, which are way too limited today: for example exporting to pdf offers no protection from image extracting, and I have to use a non-Adobe freeware to get this important feature; 6) colour-space aware galleries in the Web module…; and many more!
    Photography plan subscribers love Lightroom and Photoshop, and need them to be the best image editing software in the world. Please give us more attention!

  • By Henrik - 5:59 AM on April 1, 2016  

    Is this feature supposed to index photos I have already uploaded? I have tested it now for the last 24 hours, and only new photos are indexed (both based on content and metadata).