This is probably the hottest trend in fashion portrait retouching right now, and you see it everywhere, from CD covers (like Madonna's “American Life”) to print ads, to movie posters (like Jet Li's movie Cradle 2 the Grave), and everything in between. The effect you're going for is one where the skin tone turns completely white, leaving subtle shadow areas to reveal just the eyes, nostrils, lips, and outline of the face. Here's the trick!
Quick Tip: Turning a path into a selection
Once you have part of a path selected using the Direct Selection tool, you can turn it into a selection by going to the Paths palette and choosing Make Selection from the palette's pop-down menu. The advantage of using this method is that ...