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How do I remove the white areas from a image?
A screen shot may help us to see the issue.
It's difficult to say without seeing your image. This is one method but there are others.
Perfectly removing all white
In addition to what has been said, the unique layer called Background cannot hold transparency. Rename the layer to make it a regular layer.
JPEGS can't have transparency, so save in another format such as a PSD or TIFF or PNG, depending on where the image will be used.