I did the picture originally in Deluxe Paint ][ Enhanced. A lovely program. Then I took a slide off the screen. Then I got the slide put on Photo CD. Then I took it off the CD and reduced it to a GIF. Then I reduced the size. Then I saved it as a GIF again. Just wanted to see what the full circle would do with a crisp bright computer graphic. It did not survive well. Have a look at the before and after.
I had to clean up some black on black noise to help it compress. The iris was all blue. Supposed to be purple. Painter helped that. Did some sharpening on the blue text and the gold string.