trying the get rid of the white background so the background Ive made can be seen through the image - but its not letting me make a compound path to remove the white space or use the magic wand tool.
Create a mask to portion out the sections you want to be revealed. Trace the image using the pen tool, shape or outlined text. Remove any fill or stroke (This is not necessary but…) and stack over the image you wish to mask. Select both the shape and image and press
Cmd + 7 or
Object > Clipping Mask > Make