Photoshop – Extracting a transparent shadow from an image

I have a layer that contains a brushed metal texture. The layer has an inner shadow effect.

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I’d like to extract just that shadow with transparency, so I can later superpose the pure background and that shadow to insert some elements between them into a software.

I tried that method : How to create alpha mask from an image in Photoshop CS/8
without success, I still have a phantom visual of the texture.


If you want only the effects applied to the layer and want the layer to be transparent, you can turn the “Fill” of the layer to 0% (not the opacity). This way all your blending options stay, but the layer is transparent

Source : Link , Question Author : Oliver , Answer Author : Alan Gilbertson

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