How can I free-hand crop a JPG image?

Is it true that a JPG file cannot be free-hand cropped? That JPGs are only square or rectangular pictures?

Does anyone know of a utility to accomplish this?

This is kind of a one-shot deal for me, so I'd rather not spend $400.

If I have to convert to another format first, what is the most popular format after a "JPG"?

Thanks.
gbmcneilAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

strungCommented:
No it is not true. You can crop jpegs with just about any photo processing software into any aspect ratio you want.

Here is a list of free image processing software:

http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-photo-editing-software-10-top-image-editors-you-should-try-1135489
gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
Hi Strung - Thank you for your fast response.

Do you know which of these apps will allow me to do a free-hand crop?

By a "free-hand crop" I mean taking an outline of a fish and putting him on dry land.

I am working with a JPG image that I have rotated and the background of the JPG is now overlapping on the background primary layer.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
That is correct ― you cannot do this with a .jpg file because it doesn't support transparency.

this is a three step process using any image editor app that has the layer option

open the .jpg image

save the .jpg file as a .tif file

CREATE A COPY of the layer - this is the layer you remove everything but the fish

Now you have a .tif image with your .jpg layer and a transparent layer of just the fish

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
strungCommented:
Paul is correct. I didn't understand what you meant by "free hand crop". "Gimp" which is linked at the link in my first post should do what you want and is free.
gbmcneilAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys. Big, big help.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Images and Photos

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.