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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 352 pixels and compressed the image at 53% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 405 pixels and compressed the image at 59% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 557 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 413 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 26 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 391 pixels and compressed the image at 49% jpeg quality.

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After that and they reduced to a 37 color gif.

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Someone reduced to a 52 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 315 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 28 color gif.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 430 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 566 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality and someone else reduced to a 46 color gif.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 512 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality and someone reduced to a 22 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 406 pixels, compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 25 color gif.

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Then they resized the image to 448 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 23 color gif.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 334 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and someone else reduced to a 35 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 577 pixels, compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 506 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 561 pixels, compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 27 color gif.

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Then they reduced to a 24 color gif and then someone resized the image to 443 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 554 pixels, compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 301 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

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Finally they resized the image to 421 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis