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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 442 pixels and compressed the image at 37% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 449 pixels and compressed the image at 39% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 313 pixels and compressed the image at 65% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 414 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 452 pixels and compressed the image at 59% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 528 pixels and compressed the image at 41% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 490 pixels and compressed the image at 43% jpeg quality.

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Someone 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 477 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 559 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 23 color gif.

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Then they resized the image to 432 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 45 color gif.

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Then they resized the image to 418 pixels, compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 389 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 332 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality and then they reduced to a 11 color gif.

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Someone reduced to a 30 color gif and then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 368 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 12 color gif and after that, they resized the image to 374 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 30 color gif and then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 446 pixels and compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 559 pixels, compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality and after that and they reduced to a 16 color gif.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 330 pixels, compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 424 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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After that, they reduced to a 34 color gif and then they resized the image to 513 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Finally they resized the image to 525 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis