Why Smart Filters are Important in Adobe Photoshop: I used to hate using creative filters in Adobe Photoshop because once applied, I was stuck with them. They were what we'd consider, "destructive." This means that they were impossible to delete, hide or edit. With the newer versions of Photoshop, this all changed. We now have something called Smart Filters that offer loads of options. No longer am I afraid to go near the Filter menu. Now, I filter at will and with the best of them.