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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 372 pixels and compressed the image at 55% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 359 pixels and compressed the image at 36% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 442 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 509 pixels and compressed the image at 37% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 454 pixels and compressed the image at 39% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 58 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 523 pixels and compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 312 pixels and compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 470 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 481 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 571 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 363 pixels, compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 497 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 491 pixels, compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 422 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 573 pixels, compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 478 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 574 pixels, compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 363 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 403 pixels, compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 313 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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After that, they reduced to a 40 color gif and someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 380 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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After that, they reduced to a 31 color gif and then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 556 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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After that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 329 pixels, compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality and someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 477 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 567 pixels, compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 437 pixels and compressed the image at 28% jpeg quality.

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Finally someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 371 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.


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