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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 reduced to a 26 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 403 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 377 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 460 pixels and compressed the image at 52% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 552 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 440 pixels and compressed the image at 67% jpeg quality.

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After that and they reduced to a 48 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 527 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 573 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 40 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 322 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 404 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 575 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 578 pixels, compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 560 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 577 pixels, compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 396 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 488 pixels, compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 459 pixels and compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 537 pixels, compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 317 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 17 color gif and someone else added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 442 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 458 pixels, compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 369 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 504 pixels, compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 561 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 337 pixels, compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 401 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

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Finally they reduced to a 30 color gif.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis