Re: GFX Ratings Thread
Always keep text simple.
Never change the opacity of text, just change the colour, it just looks better.
The only effects I tend to use are drop shadow, various size/depth depending on what I want from it. And colour overlay/gradient map. The ryback text has a small inner glow in a darker colour with a bit of noise added.
Never use pre-eroded fonts, use a complete font, and erode it yourself.
Text shouldn't be the last layer of a sig you do.
When making stuff I tend to go with sorting the layout of the main cut/cuts first, then background, text, blending(shadows/outerglows(ALWAYS darker), then add textures/minor brushing, then play around with the colouring, contrast etc.
I was horrendous with text when I first started.