I've been using AE for about 15 years now, and consider myself pretty knowledgeable with the program but I just today learned about the photoshopesque layer styles, under the Layer menu.
Where have you been all my life LAYER STYLES !?%@&^%#!???
Quite useful, especially if you happen to do a lot of boring work for lawyers where you need to have text boxes moving and scaling around the screen, and want to have the edge stroke remain the same size.
Just wanted to point out this handy tool, incase others like me have been oblivious to their existence. (how long have they been in there any way? or another way of asking that would be, how many months of my life have I wasted doing various work arounds?)
Hehe, yes, layer styles are nice. Though, admittedly, I find myself still using the oldschool way of replicating their behaviors using effects quite a lot due to the one biog limitation - since they are always applied post effects, they often do not interact with other stuff in the way that would be desirable. And them breaking 3D rendering is not nice, too. ;-)