Log on
Main page Graphics Photography Music & Audio Audio Plugins Video Tools Web Design Documents Space Astro Amiga Funny Surreal Gallery Links & Contact

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.

1

First someone resized the image to 398 pixels and compressed the image at 51% jpeg quality.

2

After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 337 pixels and compressed the image at 70% jpeg quality.

3

After that, they resized the image to 547 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

4

Then they resized the image to 444 pixels and compressed the image at 57% jpeg quality.

5

Then someone resized the image to 373 pixels and compressed the image at 56% jpeg quality.

6

Then someone resized the image to 333 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

7

Someone resized the image to 548 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

8

Then someone resized the image to 330 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

9

Then someone resized the image to 534 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

10

After that, they resized the image to 337 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

11

Then someone added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 372 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality.

13

After that, they resized the image to 510 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 576 pixels and compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality.

15

Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 465 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 39 color gif.

17

Someone else resized the image to 430 pixels, compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 493 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

19

Someone resized the image to 342 pixels, compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 368 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

21

Someone else reduced to a 41 color gif and after that and they reduced to a 39 color gif.

23

After that, they resized the image to 483 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality and then they reduced to a 32 color gif.

25

Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 476 pixels, compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 396 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

27

Then they resized the image to 403 pixels, compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 565 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

29

After that, they resized the image to 420 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 11 color gif.

31

Finally they added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 512 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis