Distort an image with a text editor

Distorting jpg image

A jpeg image opened with a text editor. The text editor is interpreting the image with some character encoding. In the background a 0xED hex editor showing image as binary in hexadecimal form.

File formats

  • PNG: even small changes can break image completely
  • JPG: small changes don't necessarily produce visible results
  • JPG variations like JPM, JP2 and JXR yield different effects
  • BMP or TIF are uncompressed (?) - smaller effects, won't break easily

Distort an image with a hex editor

Modifying a jpg-image with 0xED, a hex editor.