JPEG Artifacts

Every graphic designer knows the problem: you've just managed to convince your client of the importance of supplying picture files with a resolution of 300dpi, and when they arrive, they turn out to be heavily compressed and distorted by JPEG



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Every graphic designer knows the problem: you’ve just managed to convince your client of the importance of supplying picture files with a resolution of 300dpi, and when they arrive, they turn out to be heavily compressed and distorted by JPEG artifacts.

Getting rid of these strange crystaline forms in Photoshop can be a nightmare, despite Adobe’s new filters. The other tactic would be to say, “It looks grainy. Grainy is good. Grainy looks authentic.”

This seems to be the case with the posters for rock group U2’s latest, pre-Christmas, best-of, stocking-filler, keep-the-record-company-happy compilation album “U218 Singles”. The poster shows a young, undernourished version of the group which non-U2 fans have long forgotten, and also featues some fantastic JPEG artifacts, which could be mistaken for youthful acne were it not so regular.

Is this the first instance of JPEG-junk as aesthetic feature? Answers on a postcard.


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