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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 410 pixels and compressed the image at 38% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 379 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 364 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 306 pixels and compressed the image at 45% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 48 color gif.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 519 pixels and compressed the image at 39% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 545 pixels and compressed the image at 36% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 535 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 477 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 474 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 32 color gif.

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Someone reduced to a 25 color gif and then someone resized the image to 318 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 566 pixels, compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 413 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 503 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality and someone else reduced to a 10 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 350 pixels, compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 579 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Then they reduced to a 34 color gif and after that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 538 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 415 pixels, compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 566 pixels and compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 12 color gif and then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 435 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 388 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 558 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 396 pixels, compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 328 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Finally they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 549 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis