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

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After that, they resized the image to 492 pixels and compressed the image at 22% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 341 pixels and compressed the image at 57% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 434 pixels and compressed the image at 37% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 485 pixels and compressed the image at 61% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 450 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 537 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 414 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 46 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 390 pixels and compressed the image at 17% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 25 color gif.

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Someone reduced to a 46 color gif and then they resized the image to 421 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 500 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and someone resized the image to 396 pixels and compressed the image at 35% jpeg quality.

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Someone resized the image to 522 pixels, compressed the image at 26% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 412 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

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Someone else added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 314 pixels, compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 427 pixels and compressed the image at 14% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 552 pixels, compressed the image at 29% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 348 pixels and compressed the image at 9% jpeg quality.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 447 pixels, compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality and someone else resized the image to 363 pixels and compressed the image at 27% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 531 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality and then someone reduced to a 42 color gif.

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After that, they reduced to a 48 color gif and then someone resized the image to 308 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 434 pixels, compressed the image at 23% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 479 pixels and compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality.

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Finally someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 354 pixels and compressed the image at 20% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis