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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 contrast, resized the image to 473 pixels and compressed the image at 66% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 303 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 335 pixels and compressed the image at 44% jpeg quality.

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After that and they reduced to a 25 color gif.

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Someone reduced to a 30 color gif.

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After that, they resized the image to 563 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 553 pixels and compressed the image at 61% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 42 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 473 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 371 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 523 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 16 color gif and someone resized the image to 380 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 27 color gif and after that, they resized the image to 472 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 485 pixels, compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 310 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 475 pixels, compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 13 color gif.

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Then someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 401 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 436 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 473 pixels, compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 375 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 383 pixels, compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 386 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 467 pixels, compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 308 pixels and compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 354 pixels, compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 29 color gif.

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Finally someone reduced to a 10 color gif.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis