I have been studying graphic design, illustration, color theory, etc, for the better part of 2 years now, including going on PDSTutsPlus, and it strikes me that higher level designers use multiple layers in Photoshop for example, of the same text layer, while beginners try to cram all their text effects on one layer and call it a day.
This is a gross simplification, but it stems from me feeling like I'm banging my head trying to answer a specific question: how does the designer know to add more layers? What's a better question I should be asking myself?
To clarify, some of the designs look incredibly flat, like they're using one layer, but when I create a two-layer piece, it either looks incredibly flat or amateur and garishly rendered. here's an example of a piece I think looks great, but if I tried creating something similar, it would look flat:http://dribbble.com/shots/1338030-VIKHOUSE-Logo?list=tags&tag=logo
I get there's a 'practice' element here, but any tips or recommended pieces of literature on layering text/layer effects?