In what is sure to be a hugely trafficked and bookmarked post, 50 Stunning Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials. I’m delighted that Smashing Magazine took the time to explain basic typography FIRST. While not a complete history or explanation of everything type this might be the most complete, yet concise, summary of what you need to know before you go gallivanting off with an army of text effects.
This post is not just a heaping pile of knowledge. This is SEM success on an SEO goldmine. Better yet, Smashing Magazine will shine for this and in the process we can only hope that their younger readers this will pause and learn something from the first half (the typography section) before stampeding towards the tutorials.
Yes, the effects are cool, but using an interesting effect on poorly is still an utter failure while good type can stand on its own without any effects what so ever. I also hope that readers understand that you should never use an effect gratuitously. Use the right effect to further your message; not to use an effect.