Hello all. I was hoping you could provide some insight as to what sort of research goes into becoming exemplary at certain areas of graphic design. I'm particularly interested in the following two things: Layout in photoshop (including, shadow tricks, lighting, typography, plugins, etc) and logo creation in Illustrator (where to get good logo fonts?, techniques, etc). As a full stack developer and part designer, I'm already decent at laying out professional looking user interfaces and web pages, but my designs seriously lack some of the bells and whistles more modern professional designers have.
Are there any highly recommended resources out there that could get me up to speed in these areas quickly?