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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 added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 464 pixels and compressed the image at 63% jpeg quality.

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After that and they reduced to a 39 color gif.

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After that, they resized the image to 464 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 473 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 505 pixels and compressed the image at 41% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 326 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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After that and they reduced to a 39 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 334 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 313 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 511 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 302 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 26 color gif and someone resized the image to 349 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 21 color gif and after that and they reduced to a 10 color gif.

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Then they resized the image to 313 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 44 color gif.

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Someone reduced to a 24 color gif and someone resized the image to 348 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 549 pixels, compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 322 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 428 pixels and compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality and then they reduced to a 17 color gif.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 543 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 405 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 553 pixels, compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 27 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 580 pixels, compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 328 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Finally someone resized the image to 319 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis