The Printer Resolution setting (Doent Panel) will control the number of
steps in a gradient when the doent is sent to Postscript output. It also
controls and the number of steps in a blend at the time you create a blend.
The Halftone screen is set in the Print dialog > FreeHand > Advanced >
Separations tab. In the 'Halftone screen' pop-up menu, the suggested line
screens for the target printer are read in from the PPD for that printer.
You can set a custom line screen in that dialog.
There are a number of old FH technotes (circa 1997) on the MM site. If you
search for 'resolution' and 'halftone' you'll find a few explanations.
I can't imagine why the printer wouldn't be using his own PPD and setting
the appropriate halftone screen. Maybe I'm missing something here, and
someone who works in a print shop can explain how the FH file could be at
fault. I personally think the printer is trying to pull the wool over your
eyes to avoid redoing the print job for you.
> In the doent tab of a FHMX doent, as in past versions, you can set the
> printer resolution in dpi. Typically, I set this at 2400 and leave it in my
> defaults. But I have co-workers who never change it from 300. Recently we had
> a doent print with very large dots (mix of vector and raster art). We've
> looked at all options, but the printer still claims they did nothing to cause
> this. Does the number in that box determine the line screen at which FH
> prints? I noticed that on my computer, no matter if I had 300 or 2400 set in
> that box, FH wanted to print using 60 lpi in the Print dialog. Is the LPI
> determined by the printer that is selected? Or is it supposed to be determined
> by the resolution selected? I can find nothing in doentation online that
> describes setting this printer resolution..