I am new to using workflows in SharePoint 2010, and am wondering how to create a serial workflow from scratch in SharePoint Designer (SPD) 2010. I have a client that would like an approval workflow created for his executives' approval documents, and I do not know where to begin. I have made large "auto-populate" workflows in SPD 2010 before but do not know what I am doing with approval workflows. The part I am still stumped on is how to create the automatic e-mails to folks as soon as it has been created, approved or rejected by the previous individual. Scouring the internet has not provided the black and white that I need.
Any assistance is very much appreciated!