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This is fairly straight forward, but there could be someone out there not quite sure of how to use masks, so this is for that person!
First off open a new canvas and paste the photo you want to use.
Next reduce the opacity of your photo layer (this helps you see where your mask edges are) you need to open the mask you want to use and copy and paste it onto your photo layer (reduce the size of it to fit if you need to using image>scale layer)
Now you need to highlight the mask layer and right click. Click on alpha to selection and you should see white 'walking ants' around the mask egdes
Highlight your photo layer then click edit>cut
Click edit>paste, then layer>new layer. Your clipped mask should now be layered above your mask layer.
I have a question about using masks with white backgrounds. Sometimes the background is white and the mask part is black instead of vice versa. Is there any way to color that kind of mask in Gimp or is it just not possible.
For example: Well, it's not letting me post a link so I guess I can't show an example.