So this is probably a dumb question, since I haven't been using Animate for too long.
Can anyone explain why once I've highlighted a part of a character I've drawn, it doesn't instantly select the portion that I've highlighted, but instead shows my brush strokes with dotted orange lines?
How do I change it back to the default selection? Thanks for putting up with lame questions like this one.
the lasso tool is selected so i'm not sure what you've done.
click the selection tool (top most) and click somewhere to see if that selects what you expect.
The orange line is there because you did the pencil drawing with Object mode turned on. It's only orange because that happens to be the layer color. You could select the line and Break Apart, and then it would select like you're used to.