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Internet Image Degradation

Do things grow old in cyberspace? The answer is "yes"...

When pictures are constantly copied from website to website, and recompressed and rescaled every time, an interesting loss of quality occurs gradually over time. This page tries to simulate and display this gradual devolution. The first picture is the original.

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First someone resized the image to 547 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 492 pixels and compressed the image at 62% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 423 pixels and compressed the image at 65% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 379 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 438 pixels and compressed the image at 40% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 313 pixels and compressed the image at 64% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 508 pixels and compressed the image at 63% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 355 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 471 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 24 color gif.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 454 pixels and compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 459 pixels, compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 448 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 404 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality and someone else reduced to a 11 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 399 pixels, compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 435 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 457 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality and someone reduced to a 32 color gif.

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After that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 468 pixels, compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 355 pixels and compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 475 pixels, compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 392 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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Then they reduced to a 30 color gif and after that, they resized the image to 451 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 532 pixels, compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 490 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 519 pixels, compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 551 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

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Finally they resized the image to 460 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis