I have an .xcf with several layer groups, each of which has a background image (from an outside source) and then a blackout layer on top of it which covers up everything from the background that I don't want to see in that layer group. After doing this, I realized what I really wanted was a group-level layer mask. Is there a way to change a layer directly into a clipping mask?

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Copy or cut the layer you want to become the mask content (via Ctrl+c or the menu entry), then create the layer group mask, then paste and anchor the resulting floating selection, which will then go to the active layer mask.

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