I have been using "Effects" in Elements 12 and now I get nothing when I click on "effects" I am trying to use the "Drop Shadows"
On what computer operating system is your Premiere Elements 12 running? Have you updated 12 to 12.1 using an opened project's Help Menu/Update?
If not, please do so.
Is your question "Where are Drop Shadows effects" or you know where they are and they are not there.
Specifically in the Expert workspace - not in the Quick workspace
Please review and consider. Any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to ask.
Add On...once effect applied, please see Applied Effects Tab/Appied Effects Palette/Drop Shadow Panel expanded for edits of the Drop Shadow.