Step 2) Define the leaf edge
Add dimension to your clover leaf by using the Burn Tool to darken the rounded edges. Begin by selecting the shape layer. Choose Layer >Rasterize > Shape. Get the Burn Tool which shares a spot in the Tool Bar with the Sponge and Dodge tools. Choose a soft, round brush from the Brush Picker in the Options Bar. Choose Midtones for the Range and 50% for the Exposure.
Click and drag the cursor around the round edges of the heart. Use a scrubbing motion to create irregular shadowing around the edges and in the deep V of the heart. Be careful not to burn the lower, pointed section.
Step 3) Duplicate and arrange the leaves
Get the Move tool, then make two copies of the leaf by pressing Ctrl + J twice (Mac: Cmd + J.) Select the top layer to activate the bounding box. If the bounding box is not visible, toggle the Show Transform Controls option in the Options Bar.
Hover the cursor over one of the sides of the bounding box to locate the side handles. When the cursor changes to a curved arrow, click and drag downward to turn the leaf. After turning the leaf, drag it into position.
Click the checkmark in the options bar to confirm the position.
Repeat with the second layer, turning the leaf to the left.
Step 4) Create the stem
Create a stem by selecting the background layer. Get the Custom Shape tool. Using the same technique and settings as you used for the leaves, drag out a checkmark instead of a heart.
Rasterize the layer and use the Burn Tool to give dimension to the edges of the checkmark. Use the Move tool and the side handles to turn the checkmark.
To complete the stem, make it longer and thinner. Using the Move Tool, drag the side handle toward the center of the image to reduce the width. Drag the top handle upward to stretch the stem.
Finally, drag the stem into place behind the leaves.
Step 5) Add a highlight
The next step is to add a highlight to the top of the clover. Begin by selecting the top layer.
Get the Type tool and select a font like Arial or Arial Rounded. Choose white for the text color.
Click on the document and type a parenthesis. Confirm the text by clicking the checkmark in the options bar.
Finally, get the Move Tool, select the text layer and use the side handle to turn the parenthesis to line up with the curve of the leaf
Step 6) Merge the clover layer
The final step is to merge the clover layers, leaving it on a transparent background. Scroll to the bottom of the Layers palette. Click once on the Layer Visibility icon which looks like an eyeball on the left side of the background layer.
This hides the background, making it transparent.
Next, select the stem layer and scroll to the top of the Layers Palette. Hold the Shift key as you click on the top layer. This selects all of the clover layers.
Finally, select Layer > Merge Layers.
To preserve transparency, save the clover as a .png image.