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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 sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 308 pixels and compressed the image at 61% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 51 color gif.

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After that, they resized the image to 455 pixels and compressed the image at 45% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 26 color gif.

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After that, they resized the image to 406 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 515 pixels and compressed the image at 42% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 353 pixels and compressed the image at 60% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 579 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 331 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 438 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 410 pixels and compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 416 pixels, compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 496 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 312 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 467 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 410 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality and someone else reduced to a 15 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 496 pixels, compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 367 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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After that, they reduced to a 14 color gif and someone resized the image to 547 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 580 pixels, compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 533 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 330 pixels, compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 380 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 578 pixels, compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 486 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 402 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 24 color gif.

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Finally they reduced to a 23 color gif.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis