I apologize in advance for the length of this post. I thought if I explained what I was trying to do in a little more detail, it might make it easier to help me out of the weeds.
I'm an amateur that had been using Google Picasa (now Google Photo) for years, and I've built up about 120 GB of photos in my Google Drive account. Recently, my son finally convinced me to try using the Adobe products to edit my photos, so I signed up for the "Photography Plan," which I really like so far. However, I'm not sure how all of the Creative Cloud pieces are designed to work together. With only 2 GB of cloud storage (or even the 20 GB that comes with the "All Apps" plan) there is nowhere near enough room to store all my photos, so I can only guess that Adobe intends for the cloud storage to be used for something else, but what? What is the intended workflow for a guy like me?
For example, I just got back from a European vacation. I took a several hundred photos, which Google Photos automatically backed up to the cloud for me. I've got Google Drive loaded on my MacBook Pro at home, and it sync'd my photos down to a "Google Photos" folder on my local hard disk that is organized by year, then within each year, by month. (I don't have to do anything special. This is just what Google Photos does.) I had already added the "2017" folder to Google Lightroom, so all I had to do to have my vacation photos show up Lightroom was re-synchronize the folder. After rating the photos and editing the best of them, I created a Smart Collection of the ones I wanted to share with my kids, and this is where I got stumped.
The photos I have in Google Photos are essentially just raw data. I could recreate the Smart Collection on Google Photos by putting the best photos into an album, but they wouldn't reflect any of the edits I made in Lightroom. I didn't want export my final edits out of Lightroom then upload to Google Photos because they'll get mixed up with the originals and a bunch would have been duplicates (albeit edited). I decided instead to export them into a folder and sync them to Creative Cloud, but then what?
My Creative Cloud storage is now full, and when the Creative Cloud app prompted me to "Link your account with Behance" I clicked on the link, and it led me to something called Adobe Portfolio. (Is "Adobe Portfolio" the new name for Behance, or are they completely separate products?) For a minute, I thought maybe I could use Portfolio to house my vacation photos, so I picked a template and began the process of creating a site. I couldn't see any limits on the amount of space I could upload to Adobe Portfolio, so I thought maybe this could be where Adobe intends for me to store ALL my photos!
But when I went to add my first photo to the site, the only option I had was to *upload* a photo. I couldn't populate the site with the photos already sync'd to Creative Cloud. This seems very odd to me. If Creative Cloud isn't the conduit to something else (like Portfolio/Behance), what is it for? All of the marketing material says it is the means by which I can keep my photos/videos along with their edits in sync across my Mac, my phone, and my PC. But if I can only store a small fraction of my photos there at any given time, where should they go on a more permanent basis? And what is the workflow to get them there? I think I must be missing something.
Again, I apologize for the length of this message, but I thought the extra context might help.