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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 reduced to a 61 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 563 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 49 color gif.

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After that, they resized the image to 451 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 47 color gif.

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Someone reduced to a 62 color gif.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 476 pixels and compressed the image at 57% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 34 color gif.

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Then they reduced to a 58 color gif.

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After that and they reduced to a 11 color gif.

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Then they resized the image to 380 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 14 color gif and then someone resized the image to 571 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 515 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 323 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 377 pixels, compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 327 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 387 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 23 color gif.

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Then someone resized the image to 562 pixels, compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 436 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 434 pixels, compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 553 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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Then they reduced to a 14 color gif and after that, they resized the image to 477 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 356 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality and someone else reduced to a 45 color gif.

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Then they resized the image to 430 pixels, compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 570 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Finally they resized the image to 568 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis