Log on
Main page Graphics Photography Music & Audio Audio Plugins Video Tools Web Design Documents Space Astro Amiga Funny Surreal Gallery Links & Contact

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.

1

First someone resized the image to 314 pixels and compressed the image at 52% jpeg quality.

2

Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 509 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality.

3

After that, they resized the image to 343 pixels and compressed the image at 65% jpeg quality.

4

Someone else resized the image to 415 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

5

Someone resized the image to 569 pixels and compressed the image at 51% jpeg quality.

6

After that, they resized the image to 520 pixels and compressed the image at 36% jpeg quality.

7

Someone resized the image to 321 pixels and compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality.

8

Someone else resized the image to 321 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

9

Someone reduced to a 52 color gif.

10

Then they resized the image to 500 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

11

Someone else resized the image to 447 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

13

Then someone resized the image to 424 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 443 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

15

Then someone resized the image to 542 pixels, compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 528 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

17

Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 344 pixels, compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 362 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

19

Someone reduced to a 38 color gif and someone else resized the image to 473 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

21

After that, they resized the image to 404 pixels, compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 391 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

23

Then someone reduced to a 47 color gif and then someone resized the image to 408 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

25

Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 435 pixels, compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality and then someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 446 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

27

Someone reduced to a 47 color gif and someone else reduced to a 41 color gif.

29

Someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 517 pixels, compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality and someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 395 pixels and compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality.

31

Finally someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 321 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis