Digital Manikin - Layer Hierarchy

Digital Manikin - Layer Hierarchy
At this point, we can use the layers in the Layers panel to move the arm at the shoulder joint, as we indicated with the POSE text in the POSE right arm group layer name. But we can't bend the arm at the elbow or wrist. So, we need to group some layers again but this time we will separate them in to subgroups for the three sections of the arm (upper arm, lower arm and hand sections).

Our first two subgroup layers will make it possible to bend the arm at the elbow joint. One subgroup layer will contain the right upper arm and shoulder joint layers. The other subgroup layer will contain the right lower arm, elbow joint, hand and wrist joint layers.

  1. Select both the following layers, right-click and choose Group (see screenshot).

  2. right upper arm
    right shoulder joint

  3. Name this new layer right upper arm and shoulder joint.

  4. Select the following layers, right-click and select Group (see screenshot).

  5. right lower arm
    right elbow joint
    right hand
    right wrist joint

  6. Name this new layer POSE right lower arm and hand.

  7. Here we are using the POSE text to indicate that when this layer is selected, you can pose the lower arm and hand together as one object.

    Next we need to separate the lower arm from the hand. Yes, we need more subgroups.

  8. Select both the following layers, right-click and choose Group (see screenshot).

  9. right lower arm
    right elbow joint

  10. Name this new layer right lower arm and elbow joint.

  11. Select the following layers, right-click and select Group (see screenshot).

  12. right hand
    right wrist joint

  13. Name this new layer POSE right hand and wrist joint.

  14. Here we are using the POSE text to indicate that when this layer is selected, you can pose only the hand at the wrist joint.

Now we are ready to reposition the Transform Origin points to make the arm sections rotate around the joints.

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