Cannot move a gradient in a Gradient fill layer

Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Creating a simple gradient layer in a document. When I try to reposition the radial gradient I have made I get an error message: "Could not use the gradient tool because the content of the layer is not directly editable" Can anyone help? I am sure it is a simple issue I have overlooked. 



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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020
Thank you for the screenshot. You created a gradient layer. For editing --> double click the yellow/transparent icon in your layers panel. (It is not possible to use the Gradient Tool on a gradient layer. This tool only works on pixel layers.)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Hi @CITYTWEETY,

are you on the "correct layer"?

Could you please show us a screenshot with opened layers panel, please?

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as an exampleas an example

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Thank you for the screenshot.

 

You created a gradient layer. For editing --> double click the yellow/transparent icon in your layers panel. (It is not possible to use the Gradient Tool on a gradient layer. This tool only works on pixel layers.)

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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yes, I am aware that I cretaed a gradient layer and I know how to edit the gradient. The problem is that now that I have created a radial gradient I cannot move it around to a new location. Multiple teaching videos show this as a possibilty but I cannot seem to do it on this or any other file I have tried.

 

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May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022

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Double click on the gradient icon in the layer, select the gradient and move around where you want.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Like I said before:

  • double click the yellow/transparent icon in your layers panel
  • as long as this panel is open - move the cursor over the midpoint of your gradient (in the picture! ) click and hold the LMB while moving the gradient around

 

  • done

 

If that works for you

Have fun

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2020 Jun 19, 2020

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Thanks very much. The key was moving the gradient while the dialogue box was still open. I was editing the gradient then closing the dialog box (or panel) before attempting the repositioning. My Bad. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 20, 2020 Jun 20, 2020

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Glad, that i could help.

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New Here ,
Jan 01, 2021 Jan 01, 2021

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hi, i dont understand the answer to the question, i have the same issue, i cant drag a gradient either. thank you 

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New Here ,
May 20, 2021 May 20, 2021

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Also, have the same issue, all dialog boxes are closed, Photoshot 2021Screen Shot 2021-05-20 at 10.55.26 PM.png

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New Here ,
May 20, 2021 May 20, 2021

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I figured out, that the small window with the gradient settings needs to be opened, not closed as I thought. In this case, I can move the gradient. Screen Shot 2021-05-20 at 11.03.20 PM.png

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