As you can see in the example images of the monkey, each part of him is organized in different layer groups. Head, body, arms, and feet. The first image shows that his entire right arm is grouped but cannot be selected as a whole. Instead, only a path from the arm is selected.
The second image shows that the entire left arm is grouped and IS able to be selected as a whole. They're both set up the same way, so what's different between the two?
Well there's the problem. I figured that as long as a path is a sublayer, it would automatically be grouped with that layer. I'm guessing that those red squares indicate that the layers are grouped, right?
Well then there's one last thing confusing me. I grouped the layers, and I am now having this comparison problem.
The two arms are aligned the same in the Layers palette and contain grouped objects, yet, their objects are aligned differently. Why?
because arm1 is still a sublayer and <group> is inside this sublayer, to have it the same as arm2
- select <group> (select the whole arm) with the black arrow
- Ctrl+X to cut it
- highlight 'arm 1' in the layers palette
- click on the trash can icon to delete the sublayer
- select the "Body" group with the black arrow
- press Ctrl+F to past the arm 1 group on top of the body group
- rename <group> to 'arm 1'
Okay, I get it now. Thank you for all your help. So I don't get confused in identifying groups from sublayers, I should probably not rename a <group>, because then it will just look like a sublayer. And I don't want to run into that same problem again.
no problem, you shouldn't get confused though, if you don't have use for sublayers and don't explicitly make them you're ok, besides sublayers show that little triangle when something is selected and groups show "group" at the left of the control panel.