by Chris Tyler:
Can Metallic Ink, Part 1: Modeling the product container using two different approaches
This tutorial models a can type object, using two different approaches, in preparation for a tutorial on adding a metallic effect to a product label. The geometry is set up using a lathe (from several bezier curves) and then converts it to a polygon mesh which can then be UV mapped. It discusses some technical issues dealing with the surface shading. The second part models the object as a subdivision surface object. Finally, a UV map is generated using a cylindrical map as a starting point.