I must be missing some crucial step because I can't get effects to work on my text. I downloaded After Effects CC. I write text, put a solid, ramped background, add an effect, add a keyframe for the effect and see nothing. I copy what tutorials tell me. Nothing. Should if be difficult to see these effects? I tried CC Light Rays and Light Sweep. Just any effect in general won't apply to a text. I can't see it in FULL rendering or in Half/Rough Draft (which is where I want to work).
Your comp is set to Raytrace 3D. Change it back to Standard 3D. Otherwise we need to know much more.
Thank you for the insight. One more question. Can I use Extrusion Depth and easily use the text effects on the same Composition?