Stroke around image in illustrator

I have an image that I have applied a oval transparency mask on it because I want an oval shape.

I would love to have a stroke (or more than 1 stroke) around the oval image that I now see. How is this done? i have been unable to find an article on this topic. I realize that the mask is not really ideal for a stroke because it only masks the image.

Anyone?
wingcatAsked:
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Ryan KilimnikConnect With a Mentor Director of Creative, UX & UI DesignCommented:
What I normally do is make a copy of the shape and place it on top of the masking shape. Then I stroke the top shape.

But I discovered recently that I could actually stroke the masking shape. By using the white arrow tool I could select the masking shape and then add a stroke.

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wingcatAuthor Commented:
The stroke around the mask does not reproduce the actual colour just the colour in transparency masking.
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Ryan KilimnikDirector of Creative, UX & UI DesignCommented:
Oh yeah. So I guess the first option of making another copy of the shape and placing that on top of the masked shape is best.
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Sigurdur ArmannssonDesignerCommented:
You can also adjust the stroke colour and thickness of the mask path via the Appearance panel.
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wingcatAuthor Commented:
Is there no easy way to do this on the photo path and not use two different objects?
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Sigurdur ArmannssonDesignerCommented:
The shortest way to set the masks colour and stroke is when you have just applied Make Clipping mask and the mask is still active. You can then apply colour and stroke to it just like any path in the Colour panel and the Stroke panel
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