Many of the effects in After Effects (particularly those we just looked at in Chapter 15) require lots of brain sweat to study and master. For the most part, the effects in the Stylize category are just simple creative tools. If you’re reading this book straight through, this will be a nice creative recess.
The Stylize effects are the most like the artsy filters in Photoshop. Many of them create visually interesting patterns out of the pixels in a layer. For my money, the most important Stylize effect by far is the Glow effect. I rarely create a motion graphics project that doesn’t use the Glow effect somewhere, and I often use it more subtly in color correction to enhance the beauty of a shot.