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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 436 pixels and compressed the image at 66% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 406 pixels and compressed the image at 61% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 478 pixels and compressed the image at 37% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 508 pixels and compressed the image at 57% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 495 pixels and compressed the image at 56% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 460 pixels and compressed the image at 46% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 39 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 435 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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After that and they reduced to a 64 color gif.

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Someone else reduced to a 22 color gif.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 432 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 326 pixels, compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 568 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 404 pixels, compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 410 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 519 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 509 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 457 pixels, compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 443 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 320 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and then someone added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 443 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 15 color gif and then they reduced to a 31 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 333 pixels, compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 539 pixels and compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality.

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Then they reduced to a 33 color gif and then they resized the image to 363 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 43 color gif and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 322 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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Finally they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 445 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