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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 reduced to a 35 color gif.

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After that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 438 pixels and compressed the image at 66% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 25 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 467 pixels and compressed the image at 53% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 372 pixels and compressed the image at 40% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 567 pixels and compressed the image at 45% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 410 pixels and compressed the image at 21% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 474 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 322 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 531 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 450 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 423 pixels, compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 332 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 518 pixels, compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality and then someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 406 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 555 pixels, compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 571 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 16 color gif and after that, they resized the image to 382 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 484 pixels, compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 491 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 498 pixels, compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 360 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 418 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality and someone reduced to a 36 color gif.

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Then they resized the image to 457 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 39 color gif.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 362 pixels, compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 390 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Finally they resized the image to 375 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis