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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.

  • This might be easier to address with an example image. – Sean Sep 8 '11 at 1:57
  • @Sean : I have inserted the image in my question. You cna see my EDIT. – Oliver Sep 8 '11 at 2:49
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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

  • wow, that works wonderfully. – Lauren Ipsum Sep 8 '11 at 15:00
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This answer assumes that you have an actual inner shadow effect applied to the layer.

Right-click on the Inner Shadow line in the Layers Panel and choose "Create Layer" from the context menu. That will separate the drop shadow into its own layer with the appropriate transparency/blend settings.

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    Alan Gilbertson is right here, in addition: if you want only the effects aplied 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 – Luuk Sep 8 '11 at 8:04
  • @Luuk Should be a separate A as it's a separate route too take. – kaiser Sep 8 '11 at 10:50
  • @Alan Gilbertson : That was a great idea, I even didn't knwo that was possible, but that does not work for that effect. – Oliver Sep 8 '11 at 10:57
  • @Luuk : Great, that works perfectly, could you post your comment as an answer so I can accept it ? – Oliver Sep 8 '11 at 11:26
  • Will do... i mean done. – Luuk Sep 8 '11 at 13:20

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