Originally Posted by b_andersson
Why should you avoid using layer styles? I don't think it would be any problem to use it. Problem is using photoshop in the first place (if you are an perfectionist). Anything with text or vectors should be dealt in illustrator or inDesign. But since none here is going for commercial use of their labels photoshop and layer styles would work just fine.
I learned photoshop first, so I often draw the shapes in photshop then export to illustrator to finish. I'll only start in ai if i'm using my tablet to draw something by hand. It ultimately gets the same results, but it works better with my bad habits. I find ai a paint to do anything geometric in. Its just easier to measure and align stuff in ps, imo.
Everyone learning photoshop will bevel/emboss *everything* then eventually grow out of it. Its a fun process to observe. Gradient overlays are great if you are stuck working with raster images, but I don't use anything else much.