Having problem with hands warping when they are moved with drag handle. Instead of pointing in the direction the arm is moved its seems they are almost fixed in their direction so when you drag and arm points up, hand is wanting to stay pointing down. (see attached images) I have a feeling its that the origin of the hand is fixed to the wrong point but I can't figure out how to change it. Included is a a link to exported puppet file. Thanks!
Have you tried grouping the hand and arm parts so that they are treated as a single unit?
If I did that then it would all get combined into a single layer. Then I wouldn't have the layer for alternate hand images like pointing or fist, etc. Is there a way to combine them without losing the "Right Hand" layer?
Sorry, my brain is stuck in Adobe Illustrator mode. In either case, folders are your answer. Make a key folder for the arm and hands. Inside that folder rests your arm and yet another folder for the hand parts (this will make building the swap sets easier). When rigging the puppet, make sure the key folder is selected for the arm. When building the swap sets, select the hand folder and by choosing swap set, you can make a swap set of the contents.
Remove the draggable and wrist tags from the hand group and instead put them on the arm group (along with the sticks, elbow, etc.). This will get everything moving as one unit instead of separate parts.
If the hand is still too floppy for you, extend the arm group forearm stick to go through the hand, which will keep it stiff.
I believe that is how I have it setup, see below.. Am I missing something?
The version linked in the original post did not - this is what I see if I select the arms and then the hands.
That fixed it. Is it that I had the wrist tagged in the hand layer and not the arm layer?
Yep, exactly. You want to tag everything in one place, in the arm group.