Cut out text from a layer

I’m a Photoshop n00b, working with version CS6. I’m trying to fix up a PSD I was sent from my client so I can convert it to HTML and CSS. Here’s a screenshot of some layers I’ve extracted, that hopefully will help illustrate my question:


The two white shapes are in one layer. The black “i” is a text layer on top of this. How can I make the “i” be a cutout inside the white layer, that allows the transparent background to show through? I can’t find any tutorials online that demonstrate how to do this.


The image helps…..

  1. cmd+click (Mac) or Ctrl+Click (Win) the layer thumbnail (the T) for the
    i in the Layer’s Panel. This should load the i as a selection.
  2. Inverse the selection – From the menu choose Select > Inverse
  3. Highlight the shape layer in the Layer Panel.
  4. Click the layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layer’s Panel.
  5. Turn off visibility for the text layer.

End result:


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