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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 473 pixels and compressed the image at 40% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 558 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 327 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 511 pixels and compressed the image at 42% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 564 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 484 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 337 pixels and compressed the image at 39% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 50 color gif.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 356 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality.

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Then they reduced to a 23 color gif.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 422 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 324 pixels, compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 330 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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After that, they reduced to a 32 color gif and someone else added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 519 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 339 pixels, compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 337 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 357 pixels, compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 559 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 461 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality and then they reduced to a 23 color gif.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 545 pixels, compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 422 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 468 pixels, compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 20 color gif.

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Someone else reduced to a 19 color gif and then someone reduced to a 33 color gif.

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Someone else reduced to a 46 color gif and someone reduced to a 20 color gif.

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Finally they resized the image to 569 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis