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"?

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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:
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

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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.
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