I am trying to create a star, with a gradient color effect. When I try to use the gradient color tool I get the message

Could not use the gradient tool because the content of the layer is not directly editable

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There is one "solution" but I don't think is too direct. I can rasterize the layer and using the laso tool to select the region I would like to color, use the gradient tool to make the color effect.

Is there any other way around it?

  • You need to double click the smart object to edit it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented May 1, 2017 at 14:19

1 Answer 1


You can´t use gradient tool on shape or smart object in PS, when you want to add gradient to your star just open blending options ( right click on that layer > blending options ), and check and set gradient overlay


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