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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 521 pixels and compressed the image at 47% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 574 pixels and compressed the image at 48% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 24 color gif.

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Then they reduced to a 41 color gif.

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Then they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 535 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 377 pixels and compressed the image at 36% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 321 pixels and compressed the image at 62% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 359 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 554 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 461 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 556 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 574 pixels, compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 501 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 328 pixels, compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 35 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 385 pixels, compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 529 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 410 pixels, compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality and someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 374 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 444 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 560 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 415 pixels, compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 562 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 358 pixels, compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 390 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 535 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality and someone reduced to a 39 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 547 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 359 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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Finally they reduced to a 20 color gif.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis