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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 306 pixels and compressed the image at 67% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 376 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 25 color gif.

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Then someone reduced to a 27 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 347 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 414 pixels and compressed the image at 52% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 479 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 465 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 408 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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After that and they reduced to a 23 color gif.

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Someone else resized the image to 336 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 302 pixels and compressed the image at 16% jpeg quality and someone else reduced to a 13 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 522 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 393 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 530 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 458 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 549 pixels, compressed the image at 10% jpeg quality and someone else added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 541 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 360 pixels, compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 544 pixels and compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 434 pixels, compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 335 pixels and compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 564 pixels, compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 446 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 463 pixels, compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 326 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 329 pixels, compressed the image at 31% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 367 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Finally they reduced to a 28 color gif.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.


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