Sure, but you should test it. Many people do the 'dry run' dodge and burn with no paper in the easel. But if you want to get your dodge paddle in position and flip the filter out, then dialing outr 'red filter' with the color head and re-dialing in the multigrade filtration will be quite inconvenient. Unless you are printing with non-multigrade graded paper with white light. In that case, you can quickly flip the M&Y filters out with the 'white light' lever if you head has one. Easiest thing is to just get some Roscoe primary red filter for the filter drawer.