I wish I knew the difference between Photoshop, lightroom cc and lightroom. Can anyone help me where to look for answers or tutorials.

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Why  does adobe make things so difficult.
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Russ Davis

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Sam Ostrow

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You are clearly new to this. Sadly, it gets worse. And, just for a starter, you can do anything in the combination of Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge that you can do with either version of Lightroom, and you get to use your own file organization system to boot.  Lightroom proves that Adobe will complicate anything it possibly can.
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Thanks.  I am going to try to figure it out for a while but they have competition to keep them reacting to the critics.
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Here's a good start:

Photography Life has a pretty good article (even though it was written before Adobe started to offer a subscription that includes both Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic CC and the more recently a photography service called Lightroom CC):

Meanwhile, here's my best shot at explaining them:

Lightroom Classic CC - Desktop based media management along with a set of tools to manipulate images
This is what Adobe has long offered as a separate, companion application to Photoshop.  It's full name used to be "Adobe Photoshop Lightroom" (and you'll still find it referred to as that on Adobe's web site). 

Photoshop CC - Full image editing
It's never had media management and as such it's been up to the Photoshop user to pick what media asset management they wanted to use, be it what's now called Lightroom Classic CC or another tool.  (If you think parsing out PS CC, LR Classic CC and LR CC is a small headache, wait until you look into DAM - digital asset management and MAM - media asset management.)

Lightroom CC - Cloud based media management along with a set of tools to manipulate images   
This is a newly introduced service for media management along with a limited set of tools to manipulate images by Adobe that includes desktop, mobile and web apps.  You could look at it as media management for mobile content creators, but that might be oversimplifying it.

If you need to manage a large library of photos, you may want to pick between Lightroom Classic CC or Lightroom CC (another good article: https://photographylife.com/lightroom-classic-vs-lightroom-cc) depending on which one best meets your needs.  Whichever one you pick, when you need to make edits to your images that exceed what either variation of Lightroom can do then you'll need to use Photoshop.

It probably would have been easier if Adobe had come up with a different name for the new Lightroom CC.