Is it possible to remove the black from an image like this in Photoshop so it is only white but respect the transparency? I am aware that a Screen blending mode would give this effect but I need to completely remove the background and import it in another program as a png with no background.

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If you need to save/export an image with only the white and transparency...

  • Select > Select All
  • Edit > Copy
  • Fill the layer with white (trust me)
  • Add a Layer Mask to the layer
  • In the Channels Panel (Window > Channels), Turn on visibility and highlight the mask channel
  • Edit > Paste
    (As seen in the animation below, if you fail to turn on visibility for the mask channel the "paste" will create a new layer.)
  • Click the Layer thumbnail in the Layers Panel

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Save and you should have white with transparency.
(Additional layer added in animation simply so things are visible.)

For internal editing in Photoshop ---
(I realize you mentioned this in the question. Simply being complete.)

Change the Blending Mode to Screen and only the white will show on layers below.

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