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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 540 pixels and compressed the image at 36% jpeg quality.

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After that and they reduced to a 41 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 507 pixels and compressed the image at 41% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 57 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 469 pixels and compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 59 color gif.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 532 pixels and compressed the image at 65% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 378 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 312 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 470 pixels and compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 551 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 480 pixels, compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 577 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 359 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality and someone reduced to a 29 color gif.

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Someone reduced to a 44 color gif and then someone reduced to a 25 color gif.

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Then they resized the image to 336 pixels, compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality and someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 439 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 403 pixels, compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 373 pixels and compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 537 pixels, compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 560 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 359 pixels, compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 346 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 482 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality and then they reduced to a 10 color gif.

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Then they reduced to a 22 color gif and someone resized the image to 347 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Finally someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 365 pixels and compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis