You cover the technology, but offer little in the way of when it makes sense to use these effects. To make that decision, contrary to your statement, you do need to be a UI jedi.
Else we see a repeat of the mess that desktop publishing created 15 years ago. Everyone could suddenly use as many fonts and colours as they wanted, so they did, and the result was ugly to say the least.
I recall a friend creating his first webpage and putting animations all over it. He thought it was brilliant. It wasn't. It made you want to slit your wrists if you spent more than about 20 seconds looking at it.
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