Apply the Soft Contrast Effect
The soft contrast Photoshop effect is easy and quick. Follow the steps below to apply the soft contrast effect.
Open a photo you would like to edit. Or, you may use the photo used in this tutorial
Duplicate the layer (Layer> Duplicate Layer or Ctrl+J) and change the blending mode of the new layer to Overlay.
Activate the top layer and apply a Gaussian Blur filter (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).