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  • Shadows are more complex than you would think, and you can't normally turn a shadow into a mid-tone simply by brightening it up.
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How to Edit Shadows

  • The most accurate way to edit shadows is using Shadows & Highlights (Menu> Image> Adjustments > Shadows & Highlights), however this is destructive and there is not an Adjustment Layer which does the same thing non destructively. However, you can convert the image to a Smart Object and apply this as a Smart Filter. The Radius function applies contrast between shadow tones in much the same way as Clarity does to Midtones.