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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 399 pixels and compressed the image at 56% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 341 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 352 pixels and compressed the image at 68% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 517 pixels and compressed the image at 65% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 502 pixels and compressed the image at 60% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 25 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 320 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 303 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 443 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 32 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 504 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 451 pixels, compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 511 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 350 pixels, compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 488 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 24 color gif and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 528 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 496 pixels, compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 449 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 541 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 424 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 574 pixels, compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 363 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 519 pixels, compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 411 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 577 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 312 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 538 pixels, compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 426 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

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Finally they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 418 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis