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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 558 pixels and compressed the image at 50% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 445 pixels and compressed the image at 36% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 502 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 384 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 460 pixels and compressed the image at 62% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 50 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 563 pixels and compressed the image at 59% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 382 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 326 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 493 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 43 color gif.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 377 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 341 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 352 pixels, compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 495 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 470 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 317 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 540 pixels, compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 516 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 411 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 311 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 48 color gif and then someone resized the image to 307 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 335 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 576 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 343 pixels, compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 384 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 314 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 535 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Finally someone resized the image to 449 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis