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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 485 pixels and compressed the image at 68% jpeg quality.

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Then someone resized the image to 491 pixels and compressed the image at 38% jpeg quality.

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Someone else reduced to a 31 color gif.

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Then they reduced to a 27 color gif.

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Then they reduced to a 53 color gif.

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Then they added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 484 pixels and compressed the image at 60% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 53 color gif.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 575 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 395 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

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Someone reduced to a 10 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 435 pixels and compressed the image at 8% jpeg quality.

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Then they resized the image to 526 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality and someone reduced to a 23 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 457 pixels, compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and then they resized the image to 316 pixels and compressed the image at 33% jpeg quality.

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Then someone reduced to a 38 color gif and someone else resized the image to 523 pixels and compressed the image at 24% jpeg quality.

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Someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 325 pixels and compressed the image at 13% jpeg quality and someone else reduced to a 43 color gif.

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Someone resized the image to 360 pixels, compressed the image at 25% jpeg quality and after that, they resized the image to 567 pixels and compressed the image at 32% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 423 pixels, compressed the image at 19% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of contrast, added a bit of sharpen because it looked blurry, resized the image to 514 pixels and compressed the image at 18% jpeg quality.

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After that, they resized the image to 309 pixels, compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality and then someone resized the image to 516 pixels and compressed the image at 12% jpeg quality.

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Then someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 367 pixels, compressed the image at 30% jpeg quality and after that, they added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 404 pixels and compressed the image at 34% jpeg quality.

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Someone else resized the image to 494 pixels and compressed the image at 11% jpeg quality and someone reduced to a 24 color gif.

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Finally someone added a bit of contrast, resized the image to 405 pixels and compressed the image at 15% jpeg quality.

Oh my, that got pretty bad.

See also this experiment involving VHS tapes.

Website by Joachim Michaelis