Soften a photo in Photoshop

John S.
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I am trying to achieve this effect:

Target effect I am looking for
and this is me, my photo:

my raw photo
I asked a friend to show me how, and he made me this short tutorial video using Perfect Effects Plugin:

but I don't have that plug-in.

Can someone point me in the right direction to achieve a similar look on my photo?

Thank you in advance!

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Instead of Photoshop, why don't you try with Lightroom (it is also Adobe product but much better for editing photo effects)
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That is a vignette. I use my own technique but here is an alternative process

The softening is directly done to specific areas similar to

Here is photo with vignette effect
John S.Web Developer


Thanks to both of you.  I appreciate the help.

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