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This version of the outline doesn't capture any details of the group at all. Instead, it captures only the general shape of the group.

All 4 levels of simplification, as well as anything inbetween, can be useful in different circumstances. Surround the Group is particularly useful when painting trees, by helping to link thousands of separate leaves into fewer shapes. It is also useful for linking together separate rocks when painting a rocky beach.

To see Surround the Group used to simplify shapes when creating a painting, please take a look at Tutorial 1 or Tutorial 2.