Photoshop

Design Soft Contrast

Enhance dull photos soft contrast. This Photoshop effect enhances contrast and saturation.
Apply the Soft Contrast Effect
The soft contrast Photoshop effect is easy and quick. Follow the steps below to apply the soft contrast effect.
Step 1
Open a photo you would like to edit. Or, you may use the photo used in this tutorial.
Design Soft Contrast Using Photosohp
Step 2
Duplicate the layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer or Ctrl+J) and change the blending mode of the new layer to Overlay.
Design Soft Contrast Using Photosohp
Step 3
Activate the top layer and apply a Gaussian Blur filter (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).
Design Soft Contrast Using Photosohp
Design Soft Contrast Using Photosohp
Retain the Details

The majority of this effect has been done. But you’ll notice that the edges may appear softer due to this effect. In the steps below, you’ll learn how to filter out this effect from the edges.
Step 4
Select the top layer and add a layer mask (Layer> Add Layer Mask> Reveal All).Design Soft Contrast

Step 5
Make sure the layer mask is activated. The thumbnail of the layer mask in the layers window

should have a white border around it. If it doesn’t, click on the thumbnail to activate the

layer mask.
Step 6

With the layer mask selected, open the Apply Image tool (Image> Apply Image). Change the Layer to Background and click OK.Design Soft Contrast

Design Soft Contrast

Step 7

With the layer mask still activated, apply a Find Edges filter (Filter> Stylize> Find Edges). You may be able to notice  slight changes in the edges of your image when you apply the filter. After applying the Find Edges filter to the layer mask in my image, the edge details have been restored; especially on the eyebrow. Design Soft Contrast

Design Soft Contrast

Step 8

You may notice some outlining on some of the edges. To remove this, apply a Gaussian Blur filter (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 3 pixels on the layer mask.Design Soft Contrast

Adjust the Results

There are a few adjustments we can make on this effect. Follow the tips below to tweak the Final Result.

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