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While there are application-specific names for what's going on (e.g. "moire") the fundamental cause is undersampling/aliasing. The original image has high-frequency content in it (tiny pixel boundaries) and, by using a wrong downscaling algorithm, you're point-sampling it with a lot fewer samples than what are necessary to reproduce the signal you're ...


As Raymond Chen would put it, developers hate to pay taxes. Colour management is a very big tax on Windows. Developers are expected to ask Windows what colour profile to use and then do all the RGB conversions themselves. (And let's not even get started on the added challenges of multiple monitors!) Most developers don't know any better so they just draw ...


To clarify what the people above said, the pattern you are seeing probably comes from photographing the gaps between pixels. For various reasons (e.g. camera tilt) they won't be perfectly aligned with the pixels on your CCD and in the resulting image. When downscaling, the algorithm has to decide what color will be a resulting pixel based on colors of ...


As other answers state, the effect is called Moire. But why does it happen when you downscale or zoom-out? As prevoiusly stated Moire happens when two patterns interact, specially if the two patterns have a "frequency" (read size of the repeating characteristic) close enough to each other. What happens next is a mathematic relationship between the patterns, ...


If the problem only happens when scaling, then that means the scaling is bad. A simple/low quality algorithm was used and therefore the scaled image looks differently than the original. With a quality scaling this does not happen. It would help if you would make the original image available. What software did you use to scale the image? For a quick check ...


As your existing (+1) answer says, it's a Moiré pattern. But you see it particularly when the image is scaled. You don't say what does the scaling, but I'm guessing you're just zooming the display, or pasting into Word/Powerpoint/etc., in which case you may benefit from scaling the image using a different method in the GIMP (free), Photoshop (expensive) or ...


This is moiré. It occurs because a screen is actually a grid of squares that are being used to make the image. When it ends up trying to be mapped to another grid of pixels (either by being captured by a sensor or by scaling) points of light or pixel data don't line up exactly. Some pixels get 2 pixels of information, some get the border between pixels. ...

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