So I'm trying to use the selection tool to move stuff around, as I do. However, on some of my layers it will select only a bit of something and will highlight it with a bunch of dots, as pictured here.
This is what I want to happen, as I find using that format is much easier for me to work with.
However, on the layer that I'm making the rough sketch on, it selects the lines like this:
I don't know how to change this, and I know that this is completely user error, but I don't know what that error is. I want to know how/if I can make the selection tool select with the dots, as that is what I know how to work with easily.
Any help is appreciated, thanks!
i don't understand what you're trying to show.
but some (possibly) helpful hints:
1. if you want to select from a particular layer, lock all the other layers (eg, lock all, then unlock the one you want)
2. "grouping" (modify>group) and "ungrouping" can be helpful.
3. if drag with the selection tool, it's going to select a rectangular region (unless there are objects or grouped shapes). if you click with it, you select the entire shape.
I'm using the lasso tool, sorry I forgot to mention that. When I make a circle around something on a different layer, it will select only the area I circled, which is what I want. When I make a circle around part of a line on a separate layer, it selects the whole line with a blue box as shown.
lasso works, as epected, for me when shapes are in different layers. i selected an ovate shape overlying both these shapes, each in a different layer:
are you sure your problematic shape is not grouped or an object? ie, ungroup it and retry.