Make your photos glow and add a gentle soft focus in Elements
First, we’re going to duplicate the image layer. This duplicate is the one that we apply the focus to. Ctrl/right-click on the Background layer and choose Duplicate. By editing a duplicate layer, it’s easy to tone down an effect later on just by controlling the layer opacity.
Next, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and alter the Radius for how blurred you’d like your image to be. We used 20 pixels but depending on your image, you can pick anything from 12 to 30 pixels; you can even go as low as 5 pixels for a subtle glow.
Turn the Opacity down on this layer; we’ve gone for 50. This will calm down the effect, and bring back some of the original image’s focus. Set the blend mode to Screen, and your image will become brighter and more exposed, with a classic soft-focus effect.
Inject focus and contrast by adding a mask to your blurred layer. Select a big, soft, black brush, preferably with a low opacity, and just paint over the layer until you reveal what you want. Adding focus to a face can help accentuate wispy hair in a subject.