What is a transparent gradient?
A transparent gradient will create a smooth, straight transition between your photo and whatever you want to place in the background. In the process below, we’ll explore how to create a gradient mask in Photoshop and then customize the mask to get the best effect.
Why does Photoshop say smart object is not directly editable?
Another reason for the “Could not complete your request because the smart object is not directly editable” error is that you are trying to use a grid-based tool on the shape layer. The solution is to rasterize the layer so that you can use raster-based tools. … Here’s a quick guide on how to rasterize the layer: Step 1.