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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 311 pixels and compressed the image at 51% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 408 pixels and compressed the image at 62% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 434 pixels and compressed the image at 46% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 399 pixels and compressed the image at 45% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 30 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 345 pixels and compressed the image at 48% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 374 pixels and compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 476 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 544 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 342 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 400 pixels and compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 424 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and then someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 509 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 384 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 44 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 541 pixels, compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 440 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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After that, they reduced to a 17 color gif and then someone resized the image to 568 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 501 pixels, compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 334 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 453 pixels, compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 560 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 549 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality and then they reduced to a 24 color gif.

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Someone else reduced to a 10 color gif and then they reduced to a 46 color gif.

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After that and they reduced to a 10 color gif and someone reduced to a 32 color gif.

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Finally someone resized the image to 361 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