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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 508 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Then they 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 56% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 395 pixels and compressed the image at 63% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 409 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 357 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 328 pixels and compressed the image at 48% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 304 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 534 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 453 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 507 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 329 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 459 pixels, compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 331 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Then they reduced to a 37 color gif and someone reduced to a 15 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 308 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 570 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 496 pixels, compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 343 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 14 color gif and someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 542 pixels and compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 466 pixels, compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 480 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 540 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 37 color gif.

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After that, they reduced to a 27 color gif and then they resized the image to 451 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 39 color gif and then someone resized the image to 527 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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Finally they resized the image to 580 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis