How to get "Soft Focus"-type effect in Photoshop CS?

in Mac Software edited January 2014
I love the "Soft Focus" effect in iMovie for shots of brides, etc. when I video wedding days.

I recently purchased a Digital Rebel, Photoshop CS, and yes--Scott Kelby's book on Photosop CS for Digital Photographers.

I am a newbie to Photoshop, and can't seem to get the simple "Soft Focus"-type of effect in CS. In all my reading thus far in other wedding photography books, it sounds like a lot of wedding photographers use the Gaussian Blur and Diffuse Glow effects quite a bit so I have been playing around with them for what seems like an eternity. No matter how much I fiddle with the three slider settings in the Diffuse Glow filter, I can't seem to get the "simple" "Soft Focus"-type of effect.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I might get this effect applied to some of my photos?

Thanks a million!!


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